We are working with our negative and positive environmental impact

Last changed: 03 September 2018

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 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 2018

Energy consumption

  • Energy consumption shall be reduced by at least 1% per m2 compared to the use in 2017.

To reduce carbon dioxide emissions from travel

  • Reduce the carbon emissions from conventional department cars in Uppsala with at least 7,5 % compared to 2013.
  • Carbon emissions from domestic flights shall be reduced by 7,5 % per full time employee compared to 2013.
  • Increase the use of video conferences by 15 % compared to the use in 2015.


  • Food and drinks at the Grimsö restaurant - 50 % of salad and tomatoes shall be organically produced.


  • Undergraduate education- Course plans beeing revised during 2018, shall include information on ”sustainable development and sustainable use of natural resources”.
  • Undergraduate education - 80 % 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:

  • Swedish Species Information Centre: Reaching at least 5 million new observations of species reported to Artportalen every year. 
  • Department of Ecology: Making sure all employees have a personal webpage with relevant information on their scientific work, competences and skills.
  • Swedish Biodiversity Centre: Designing the communication of Centre for Biodiversity so that the government and Swedish authorities get information relevant for the society.
  • Department of Crop Production Ecology: 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.