We are working with our negative and positive environmental impact

Last changed: 10 October 2017

We have been environmentally certified since 2013 and work to decrease our negative effect on the environment. But we also want to increase our positive environmental impact by our research, environmental monitoring and assessment, education, collaboration and communication.

The Department of Ecology and the Department of Crop Production Ecology (Ecology Centre) are certified according to standard ISO 14001: 2004 together with the Swedish Species Information Centre  and the Swedish Biodiversity Centre.  Grimsö research station is also included. We share a common environmental management system.

Environmental policy

We base our environmental work on SLU's general environmental policy:

  • SLU will contribute to ecologically, socially and financially sustainable development.
  • Environmental awareness and environmental aspects must be integrated in all decision-making and in all activities of all SLU’s work units.

Overall objectives

  • Reduce environmental impact from energy consumption
  • Reduce carbondioxide emissions from travel
  • Reduce the environmental impact of purchase
  • Increase the knowledge of our students on sustainable development and sustainable use of natural resources
  • Our core business provide society with knowledge that contributes to sustainable development and sustainable use of natural resources

Detailed environmental objectives 2017

Energy consumption

  • Actively engage in SLU to become self-sufficient in energy in terms of our own properties.
  • Energy consumption shall be reduced by at least 1% per m2 compared to the use in 2016.

To reduce carbon dioxide emissions from travel

  • Department cars – Reduce the distance driven with conventional department cars in Uppsala with at least 6% compared to 2013.
  • Domestic flights – Carbon emissions from domestic flights shall be reduced by 5% per full time employee compared to 2013
  • IT-travel – Increase the use of video conferences by 10% compared to the use in 2015


  • Food and drinks at the Grimsö restaurant - 100% of sea-catched fish shall be MSC-certified. At least 50% of pasta shall be organically produced. At least 20% of lunch alternatives shall be vegetarian.


  • Undergraduate education- Course plans beeing revised during 2017, shall include information on ”sustainable development and sustainable use of natural resources”
  • Undergraduate education-75% of the course responsible should have participated in educational day on ”Education for Sustainable development”

Core business

Research, Environmental monitoring and assessment, Collaboration and Information

Continued development of methods to measure our positive environmental impact. Increase the knowledge distribution of our knowledge on sustainable development and sustainable use of natural resources to the society by:

  • Reaching at least 4 million new observations of species reported to Artportalen every year. 
  • Making sure all employees have a personal webpage with relevant information on their scientific work, competences and skills.
  • Designing the communication of Centre fo Biodiversity so that the government and Swedish authorities get information relevant for the society.
  • Increasing the distribution to society of our knowledge of sustainable development and sustainable use of natural resources by examining the relevant stakeholders relevant requirements of the research and education we conduct.


Contact the group:


Environmental coordinators:

Hans Jernelid Facilities manager and Environmental coordinator, Ecology Centre and Grimsö 018-67 22 62, 070-689 70 82

Kristin Thored Environmental coordinator, Department of  Ecology and Department of Crop Production Ecology, 018-67 26 51

Karin Eklund  Environmental coordinator, Department of Ecology, 018-67 23 33

Nils-Erik Nordh Environmental coordinator, Department of Crop Production Ecology, 018-67 25 61

Emelie Åström Environmental coordinator, Swedish Species Information Centre, 018-67 26 82

Weronika Axelsson Linkowski Environmental coordinator, Swedish Biodiversity Centre, 018-67 27 49