Our environmental work

Last changed: 01 February 2021
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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, the Department of Crop Production Ecology (Ecology Centre) and the SLU Swedish Species Information Centre are certified according to standard ISO 14001:2015. SLU Grimsö research station and the SLU Lövsta Field Research Station (SLU Lövsta fältforskningsstation) are 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 the 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. With our core business we provide knowledge to society that contributes to sustainable development and sustainable use of natural resources

Detailed environmental objectives 2020

Energy consumption

We will carry out the following activities to reduce energy consumption:

  • Second pilot study of replacing existing greenhouse light bulbs with LED-bulbs in a greenhouse chamber at the Ecology Center.
  • When needed, replacement of old coolers or freezers with more environmentally friendly ones.
  • When needed, replacement of old heating cabinets.
  • Campaign for how to reduce energy consumption at the work place.
  • Review the waste sorting routines at the Ecology Center.

CO2- emissions from business trips

  • International air travel - CO2 emissions should decrease by at least 50% per full-time employee until 2023 compared to 2019.
  • Domestic air travel - CO2 emissions should decrease by at least 50% per full-time employee until 2023 compared to 2019.
  • Travel trips with the electric cargo-bike at the Ecology centre should amount to at least 280 km for 2020. 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 2020 shall include elements on "Sustainable development and sustainable use of natural resources".
  • Undergraduate education - The department of Ecology aims to increase the number of full-time students until 2021 with 10% compared to 2018.

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.

Swedish Species Information Centre:

  • Develop the FloFa conference through marketing, exhibition areas and shops
  • In collaboration with external organizations, launch “read-and-write” APIs to facilitate reporting to Artportalen and to increase commitment to species and nature conservation.

Department of Crop Production Ecology

  • Using the plan relating to communication with the community outside the university, which was established at the Department of Crop Production Ecology 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 for our environmental work in the IA-system:

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


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

Lisa Beste, Ecology center

Anders Jäderberg, Grimsö wildlife research station, 0581-67 73 30

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

Page editor: lisa.beste@slu.se