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Sustainable mobility at the ZHAW School of Engineering

In this project financed by the ZHAW School of Engineering (SoE), the Institute for Sustainable Development (INE) together with the Institute for Data Analysis and Process Design (IDP) is investigating the mobility behaviour of employees and students of the SoE and deriving potential fields of action for improving sustainability in mobility.

Initial situation and objectives

With its sustainability strategy, the ZHAW aims to ensure sustainable university operations. This includes raising awareness and training employees and students with regard to sustainable development. (Everyday) mobility and especially commuting are particularly relevant factors when it comes to a paradigm shift within the change in behaviour towards more sustainability.

Despite changes in working methods and lifestyles, in which traditional offices are increasingly being replaced by mobile or private workplaces and flexible working time models are becoming more and more common, commuter flows are increasing steadily, especially in urban areas of Switzerland. The consequences are traffic jams and congested public transport at peak times as well as increasing noise and air pollution. All this is associated with high economic, ecological and health (consequential) costs. These developments require a rethinking of mobility strategies in order to reduce the negative effects of today's mobility systems.

Against this background, the ZHAW SoE is also called upon to create framework conditions that will lead to an improvement in the traffic situation or to a rethinking and break away from known mobility patterns and, overall, to sustainable mobility. The aim of the project is therefore to survey, analyse and visualise the mobility behaviour of employees and students at the ZHAW SoE as comprehensively as possible and to draw up a CO2 balance sheet for this purpose. This should provide a broad inventory that can identify potential opportunities for optimisation.

Project schedule

WP1 - Basic preparation and development of a procedural concept

WP2 - Preparation and implementation of employee and student survey

WP3 - Evaluation of the survey, visualisation of the results with GIS and CO2 calculations

WP4 - Derivation of recommendations for action for the ZHAW SoE

At a glance

Participating Institutes ZHAW:

Project Leader ZHAW:

Staff Members ZHAW INE:

  • Raphael Hörler, Uros Tomic, Thomas Trachsel, Michael Stiebe

Project Status:

  • ongoing