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Assessment of the transport-related carbon footprint of the Erasmus+ programme

The first intellectual output (IO), led by Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), constitutes the backdrop of the development of our project.

1. The starting point is a comprehensive review of carbon emissions : the impact of climate change (strongly related to carbon emissions) on the environment and human societies, the methodologies used for assessing the carbon footprint, with an insight in the European Green Deal. 

 CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD the first report: Borm J., Charbit S., Le Hen Ortega B., Ayaydin E. (2021). Comprehensive Review of Carbon Emissions. UVSQ. 

2. We will then estimate the carbon footprint of the current Erasmus+ programme (2014-2021) generated by the mobility of individuals across its three key actions: mobility of individuals (KA1), cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices (KA2) and support for policy reform (KA3). A survey across 50 universities might shed light on the rarely reviewed carbon footprint of KA2 and KA3.

3. This will allow us to forecast the carbon footprint of the new Erasmus+ programme (2021-2027) and develop different scenarios varying from a baseline scenario to one with reduced air trips.

To achieve this, partners involved in IO1 will use available data (provided by the Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture, DG EAC) and generate their own based on publicly available information and the implementation of surveys among higher education institutions (HEIs).

The results of this IO will allow the project partners to get a complete picture of the current situation, and construct accurate CO2 footprint scenarios for the future.