Our environmental work

Last changed: 15 May 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 objectives

  • Reduce environmental impact from energy consumption
  • Reduce carbondioxide emissions from travel
  • 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 2019

  • Carry out 8 activities to reduce energy consumption
  • 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 at the undergraduate level that will be revised in 2019 shall include elements on "Sustainable development and sustainable use of natural resources".

  • Research, Environmental monitoring and assessment (EMA), Collaboration and Information - Continued development of methods for measuring our overall positive environmental impact within these.


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.

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.