25 september 2023
In September there was another physical meeting of the BUILDSPACE project, this time in Valladolid, Spain. During this meeting the progress of the BUILDSPACE project was presented along with a workshop led by Nazka Mapps to gather feedback about a first set of wireframes. We divided the participants in four groups and let them give feedback with a post-it exercise to enable collaboration and cocreation. This turned out to be a win-win: the partners got to know each other better and we received some valuable feedback.
To travel from Brussels to Valladolid we opted for a sustainable transport mode: high speed rail. Within one and a half hours, we arrived in Paris-Nord railway station. And after a short metro trip to Paris-Montparnasse, we were off to Bayonne (four hours). Bayonne is the last major French city before the Spanish border. We decided to hire a rental car because the railway connection between France and Spain is not great, especially in the west, and we needed a car anyway to go from our hotel in Valladolid to the offices of CARTIF. The trip might have taken longer than travelling by plane, but was comfortable enough to work and prepare our workshop on the train.
Let's have closer look at the greenhouse gas emissions of our trip (round trip):
If we went by plane (round trip) we would emit a lot more:
After comparing different options, we used the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator by the United Nations to calculate the greenhouse gas emissions. This tool helps organisations estimate their emissions concerning various topics, including travel. When talking about impacts, it is important to calculate emissions by means of CO2e, as this also takes into account other greenhouse gasses and translates the impact into CO2 equivalents.
Taking the train was definitely the more sustainable option, in line with our mission to take our environmental responsibility seriously.