How to act more sustainably while studying abroad

Discover tips and tricks on how to reduce the environmental impact of your study abroad on the Green Erasmus portal.

The Erasmus+ programme 2021-2027 places a strong focus on the green transition in education and training. It is a key instrument to build knowledge, skills and attitudes on climate change and sustainable development, both within the European Union and beyond.

“Greening” is a priority of the programme, which aims at

  • offering increased mobility opportunities in green forward-looking fields
  • promoting sustainable means of transport and a more environmentally responsible behaviour

Attitude-behaviour gap

In a recent Green Erasmus survey, 85% of students showed a strong desire to learn about sustainability.

The survey also showed that there is a gap between the attitude and behaviour of Erasmus students when it comes to acting sustainably.

Respondents requested more initiatives and proposed actions from stakeholders to help them shift to a more sustainable behaviour.

Tips, games and a quiz for students

That is why the Green Erasmus portal lists some concrete actions that students can undertake to offset their carbon footprint.

For instance, did you know that one new pair of jeans uses 3,781 litres of water from production to their sale? Consider buying ‘pre-loved’ vintage clothing instead.

Did you know that 20% of food produced in the EU is wasted? Try to only buy the food you need and if you have surplus, freeze it, give it away, or share it via an app.

These are just two of many excellent tips on the Green Erasmus portal on topics such as

  • sustainable transport
  • accommodation
  • food
  • energy
  • university lifestyle

You can also play the On my way and Small steps games and test your sustainability knowledge through the Green Erasmus Quiz.

Source: EC


European Higher Education Organization

European Higher Education Organization is a public organization carrying out academic, educational and information activities on higher education in Europe. The EHEO general plan stresses that: Higher education systems require adequate funding and, as an investment in economic growth, public spending in higher education should be protected. The challenges faced by higher education require more flexible governance and funding systems, which balance greater autonomy for education institutions with accountability to stakeholders. Thus, EHEO plans: improve academic and scientific interaction of universities; protect the interests of universities; interact more closely with public authorities of European countries; popularize European higher education in the world; develop academic mobility; seek funding for European universities.

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