Our environmental work

Last changed: 14 October 2019

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: 2015 together with the Swedish Species Information Centre and the Swedish Biodiversity Centre (former Naturicum). 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 contributes to an ecological, social and financial 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.

Overall environmental goals

1. Reduce environmental impact from energy consumption

2. Reduce carbondioxide emissions from travel

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

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

Detailed environmental objectives 2019

Energy consumption

Carry out the following activities to reduce energy consumption:

  • Pilot study of replacing existing greenhouse light bulbs with LED-bulbs in a greenhouse chamber at the Ecology Center.
  • When needed, replace old coolers or freezers with more environmentally friendly ones.
  • When needed, replace an old heating cabinet.
  • Obtain distribution boxes for Artdatabanken and CBM
  • Introduce “follow-print” at the Ecology centre
  • Review the waste sorting routines at the Ecology Center
  • Assess which rooms at the Ecology Center should be equipped with a movement guard.

CO2- emissions from business trips

  • International air travel - CO2 emissions from international air travel should decrease by 10% per full-time employee compared to 2018. A moving average of 5 years will be calculated.
  • Domestic air travel - CO2 emissions from domestic air travel should decrease by 10% per full-time employee compared to 2018. A moving average of 5 years will be calculated.
  • CO2 emissions from conventional diesel at Lövsta field research station should decrease by 50% compared to 2018.
  • Travel trips with an electric bike at the Ecology centre should amount to at least 280 km for 2019. Service trips by car are expected to decrease by the corresponding distance.


  • Undergraduate education - 80% of the course managers must have participated in training to educate in sustainable development.
  • Undergraduate education - The syllabuses that will be revised in 2019 shall include elements on "Sustainable development and sustainable use of natural resources".

General activities

Research, Environmental monitoring and assessment (EMA), Collaboration and Information:

  • Continued development of methods for measuring our overall positive environmental impact within these.
Department of Ecology:
  • Create a platform for collaboration that coordinates and develops our collaborative efforts both qualitatively and quantitatively.
  • Create an internal structure to coordinate the FOMA projects within the department. This is to increase an exchange of experiences and thus the quality of our work.

Department of Crop Production Ecology

  • Using the plan relating to communication with the community outside the university, which was established at VPE in 2018, we will measure a number of activities: press releases, the knowledge bank's use and popular scientific publication.


Environmental thinking must be integrated in all our activities. This is achieved by educating all staff about the environmental work, by creating routines for the day-to-day work and by establishing routes for communication about the environmental work. In the environmental management work, routines have been prepared for, among other things, travel, energy use, waste management and purchasing. Read about the routines here.

Improvements and deviations

Important parts of a continuous improvement of the environmental work is the reporting of new suggestions and deviations from the system and the rectification of these. Therefore, all employees are encouraged to submit improvement proposals and deviation reports here.


Report an incident or suggest improvements in the IA-system:

To the reporting site (click "submit report" and choose "environment" for question "What")

Contact the group:


Environmental coordinators:

David Back, Ecology center, 018-67 33 44

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

Helena Bötker, Ecology center, 018-67 25 23

Katja Fedrowitz, Department of  Ecology, 018-67 21 96

Johan Samuelsson, Swedish Species Information Centre, 018-67 34 09

Eva Hedmark, Grimsö research station, 0581-69 73 08

Page editor: katja.fedrowitz@slu.se