Prioritize rail over air travel for shorter trips. The carbon intensity of short-haul air travel (<490 miles) is disproportionately higher because a greater portion of emissions are generated during the take-off and landing cycle. Rail travel is an excellent option, especially within Europe, Japan, and eastern North America. Discounts are available to McGillians through Via Rail
Choose car travel over air travel when traveling with a group. Renting one or more vehicles and maximizing the occupancy of each, especially if you choose alternative fuel or fuel-efficient options, reduces fuel consumption and GHGs per traveler significantly compared to air travel. Car rental options are available here.
If renting or choosing between vehicles, prioritize fuel efficient and alternative fuel models, such as electric and hybrid vehicles or top-performing vehicles for fuel efficiency. There are electric vehicle charging stations located in the Bronfman and McIntyre garages downtown and at the Macdonald and Gault campuses. You can compare the fuel efficiency of vehicles using Natural Resources Canada’s fuel consumption ratings tool
Choose economy class. Business and first class seats offer more space and services, which translates into a greater share of weight per passenger and, consequently, increased fuel consumption and emissions. Please note that booking seats in a fare class greater than economy requires the prior approval of the Dean or Vice Principal/Provost.
Fly direct. As mentioned above, take-off and landing cycles contribute heavily to flight emissions, so choosing direct flights or a route with fewer connections is often more sustainable. Also, direct flights mean less distance traveled.
Consider booking air travel through Vision Travel for discounted airfare. Data for flights booked via McGill’s contracted Travel Management Company is accurate and helps support our GHG inventories, and allows us to gather data on travel needs towards optimizing pricing. In addition, when booking via Vision Links, travelers can view and compare GHG emissions for certain flight options.
Use public transit for travel to and from transport hubs. Taxis and private vehicles are often used for travel to and from airports and train stations, but many cities offer affordable and efficient public transit designed for airport service.