Internal environmental work and policy

Last changed: 06 September 2017

The Swedish Biodiversity Centre is environmentally certified according to the ISO 14001 standard.

ISO certifySince 2013, the Swedish Biodiversity Centre is environmentally certified according to the ISO 14001 standard together with the Swedish Species Information Centre, the Department of Crop Production Ecology and the Department of Ecology at SLU. This means that we have introduced a common environmental management system with these organisations.

We effect the environment negatively in our daily activities through things resource use and emissions. We also have a positive effect on the environment with our research, environmental monitoring and assessment, education, collaboration and communication.

Environmental policy

The basis of our environmental work is SLU's environmental policy:

  • SLU shall contribute to ecologically, socially and economically sustainable development.
  • Environmental awareness and environmental aspects must be integrated into all decision-making and in all activities within SLU's work units.
  • SLU's environmental performance is a long term process, based on continuous improvement with applicable environmental legislation as a basis.

The Environmental Management System

Our environmental management system is certified acording to the ISO 14001:2015 standard. The purpose of an environmental management system is to ensure that environmental laws and other requirements with environmental link are followed and that our environmental performance is constantly improving.

A systematic approach identifies the environmental impact and analysis is done to identify what we need to work on. We set goals for the business, formulate measures implemented and evaluate their effects. The results of our environmental work are monitored annually by external and internal audit to determine which objectives were achieved and what can be improved. Long-term environmental targets are evaluated to determine their relevance and the need for new targets.

Our overall environmental goals

1. Reduce environmental impact from energy consumption

2. Reduce carbondioxide emissions from travel

3. Reduce the environmental impact of purchase

4. Increase the knowledge of our students on sustainable development and sustainable use of natural resources

5. Our core business provide society with knowledge that contributes to sustainable development and sustainable use of natural resources

Environmental routines

Environmental considerations must be integrated into all activities. Staff are educated about environmental work, the procedures for daily work and ways of communication about the environmental work are established. Environmental management practices have been developed for, travel, energy, waste management and purchasing.

Improvements and deviations

An important part of the continual improvement process is that opportunities for improvement and deviations from the system are reported and addressed. Therefore all employees are encouraged to submit suggestions for improvement and deviation.