Environmental work at Aqua

Last changed: 12 March 2019

The department of aquatic resources is environmentally certified according to the international standard ISO 14001:2015. The certificate comprises all of the department’s activities and all its institutes and locations.

Environmental work at Aqua

The Department of Aquatic Resources is environmentally certified according to the international standard ISO 14001:2015. The certificate comprises all of the department’s activities and all its divisions and locations.

The department 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.

The environmental management system makes sure that we, in a systematic way, analyse the department’s activities to quantify its environmental impact and what we need to work with to minimise that impact. Then we set up environmental objectives for the department, work with measures to achieve these, and evaluate the results. The environmental work is followed up each year in an internal and external audit. The aim of the audits 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 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

Environmental objectives 2019

Some examples of Aqua’s environmental objectives for 2019:

  • Increase the use of videoconferences by 10 percent by 2020 compared to 2016.
  • CO2 emissions from domestic flights shall decrease by 10 % per year and full time employee by 2020 compared to 2016.
  • SLU Aqua should graduate at least 10 degree project students per year.

Non-conformities and improvements

An important part of the environmental management system is the possibility to report non-conformities and improvements. These reports can then lead to measures being taken 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 frida.sundqvist@slu.se


Frida Sundqvist, Environmental coordinator
Department of Aquatic Resources, SLU
frida.sundqvist@slu.se, +46 (0)10-478 41 49

Page editor: sofia.bureborn@slu.se