Press Release

Sustainable transport success for local universities

Published on 18 March 2021

Dundee’s two universities have been named in the top tier of UK higher education institutions for their commitment to sustainable transportation and electric vehicle infrastructure.

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Dundee’s two universities have been named in the top tier of UK higher education institutions for their commitment to sustainable transportation and electric vehicle infrastructure.

The new EV University League ranks more than 100 universities on a series of measures relating to the promotion of electric vehicles and other green transport options, such as the ratio of bicycle spaces to car parking spaces. The University of Dundee and Abertay University are two of only 10 institutions to receive top marks, placing them in the elite A+ League.

In the five-tier ranking system, the A+ League is reserved for universities which show exceptional infrastructure and commitment to eco-friendly transport practices, promoting sustainability for staff and students. 

“This ranking shows the very positive steps we are taking to support a sustainable transport agenda, and this is an area that we’re proactively working to improve further,” said Rose Jenkins, Director of Estates and Campus Services at Dundee.

“Through close cooperation with Dundee City Council, we were one of the first universities to install electric charging points way back in 2011. Our provision for electric vehicles has grown significantly over the past decade, as have our other initiatives to promote greener ways of travelling to staff and students alike.”

The University has switched much of its fleet of vehicles to electric, while charging points are provided free of charge across its estate. The University also has electric pool cars, vans and bicycles available for staff. Cycling lockers and shelters have been installed across campus, staff travelling on University business are required to use the most ecologically sound forms of transport, and various other initiatives, such as a car sharing scheme, help staff and students cut their carbon footprint.

Abertay University’s Head of Estates, Cullen Warnock, said, “Working towards a more sustainable future is a key priority for the University and this ranking demonstrates our commitment to providing sustainable transport solutions for our staff and students.

“In addition to electric charging points and bookable electric vehicles, Abertay offers a popular Car Share Scheme which we intend to resume safely when national Covid restrictions allow.

“We are also proud to have achieved Cycling Scotland’s ‘Cycle-Friendly Employer’ status, which recognises our commitment to supporting a culture of cycling in the workplace. As part of this, we facilitate active travel through the provision of bike shelters and lockers and are committed to regularly promoting walking or cycling to campus to the University community.”

The EV University League tables were launched by price comparison website money.co.uk.

“Across the board, it’s encouraging to see so many universities taking active steps towards sustainable transport infrastructure by installing EV charging points or offering adequate bike facilities,” said Salman Haqqi of money.co.uk.

“The universities at the top of the league tables represent the most commitment to eco-friendly transportation, with the very best offering large amounts of free EV charging and ample bike facilities."

The full study, data and ranking criteria can be found on the study page.

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