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What does Green Travel in Erasmus+ mean?

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Green travel in the context of Erasmus+ refers to choosing the most sustainable way of transport to and from your destination. Above all, it is an initiative that aims to reduce the environmental impact of travel by choosing the most sustainable way of transport to and from your destination.

Green travel is also among the top areas of interest of the Erasmus+ programme. The Green Erasmus project aims to reduce the environmental impact of the programme by ensuring that sustainable travel options are more inclusive and affordable.

For example, the Green Erasmus Portal provides students with tips and tricks to act sustainably before, during and after their Erasmus experience. Created within the framework of the Green Erasmus project, this portal gathers educational material and conveys information interactively through the use of games and a quiz.

Erasmus+ Green Travel top-up

In the newest Erasmus+ Programme Guide, int the same spirit of sustainability and greener practices, the European Commission has established a top-up amount for green travel support in different key actions. Therefore, the programme has introduced an extra budget for sustainable travel which can offset your CO2 footprint. This means that you can receive a bonus if you use environmentally friendly, sustainable means of transport for your trip to your host country.

What do I need to do to get the additional grant?

In order to be able to benefit from this top-up you need to talk with your home university about the final requirements. According to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide, the method of transportation is the primary determinant for the grant top-up.

What are the eligible methods of transportation for the grant?

At the time of writing this, the current eligible transport options for the Green Travel Grant top-up are:

  • By train
  • By bus
  • Car pooling/Car sharing

Just to make sure before you choose your method of transportation, talk to your Erasmus+ Office at the university and find the best way to make your travel more sustainable!

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