Environmental work at SLU Aqua

Last changed: 09 November 2020
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SLU and the Department of Aquatic Resources (SLU Aqua) are environmentally certified according to the international standard ISO 14001:2015.

The Department of Aquatic Resources has a positive environmental impact due to its environmental monitoring and assessment (EMA), research, education, scientific advisory services and communication. There is also a negative environmental impact due to for example the resources we use and the emissions from our activities.

Environmental policy

SLU’s environmental policy is the foundation for the department’s environmental work.

‘SLU contributes to an ecologically, socially and financially sustainable development.

Environmental thinking and environmental aspects are integrated in all decision-making and are part of all activities within SLU’s organisational units.

The environmental work at SLU is a long-term process which builds on continuous improvement and is based on the environmental regulations in force.’

The environmental management system

The environmental management system follows the international standard ISO 14001:2015. The two main purposes of an environmental management system is to make sure environmental legislation is complied with and to minimise the negative environmental impact caused by the department.

Within the environmental management system we work in a systematic way. We analyse the department’s activities to quantify the environmental impact and what we need to work with to minimise this impact. We set up environmental objectives for the department, we work with measures to achieve these and we evaluate the results.

The environmental work is revised each year in an internal and external audit. The aim is to see if we have achieved our environmental objectives, if we comply with current environmental legislation, and what improvements can be made. The department’s long-term objectives are evaluated to see if they are still relevant or if they need to be reviewed, and if there is a need for new ones.

SLU´s overarching environmental objectives

You find them here: https://internt.slu.se/stod-service/admin-stod/miljo/exempel-miljomal/


SLU Aqua’s overarching environmental objectives

  1. Reduce the environmental impact from energy consumption.
  2. Reduce CO2 emissions from domestic travel.
  3. Reduce paper consumption.
  4. SLU Aqua’s environmental objectives regarding EMA and education relates to the number of publications, exam- and pHd-students and students at SLU Aqua’s courses.

Non-conformities and improvements

An important part of the environmental management system is the possibility to report non-conformities and improvements. These reports can lead to modified routines and activities, and thereby contribute to continual improvements. That is why all SLU Aqua employees, as well as external parties, are encouraged to submit reports of non-conformities and improvements to https://internt.slu.se/stod-service/admin-stod/sakerhet/rapportera-en-incident-ia/, or to maja.reizenstein@slu.se.


Maja Reizenstein, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Analyst
Department of Aquatic Resources, Institute of Freshwater Research, SLU
maja.reizenstein@slu.se, +46 10 478 42 40

Page editor: sofia.bureborn@slu.se