Organisation and responsibility
In order for an organisation to meet the ISO 14001 requirements, it must establish, document, implement, maintain and continually improve its environmental management system. The Description of operations at SLU provides a summary of all organisations, including the departments at all four faculties and the university administration divisions. Detailed information about sites/locations, number of employees and operations and activities can be found in the List of SLU's operations.
The aim of the environmental policy is to express the management's will and ambition to reduce the operation's environmental negative impact and increase its positive impact. The environmental policy is the basis for the environmental objectives.
List of environmental aspects and values
The aim of the list of environmental apects is to identify environmental impact causes – environmental aspects – in the institution's operations, what their effect is and to what extent the operation can reduce its negative environmental impact and increase its positive impact. All the environmental impact causes, relating to the operation, are listed and estimated in a list of environmental aspects concerning both direct and indirect environmental impact. All environmental aspects are followed up every third year, and the significant environmental aspects yearly. Direct environmental impact can for example be emissions or resource consumption. Indirect impact can be to increase the decision-makers' knowledge, leading to more environmentally sound decisions.
Environmental objectives and action plan
The aim of creating environmental objectives is to improve the operation in a way that reduces its environmental negative impact and increase its positive impact. The aim of establishing action plans for the environmental objectives is to show, in a concrete way, how to meet the objectives and how to check that they are realised.
The significant environmental aspects and the operation’s environmental policy make up the primary basis for the environmental objectives. The significant environmental objectives primarily comprise the prioritised environmental aspects, but you can also establish objectives for things that are easy to take care of and things that are symbolically important to employees or external stakeholders. The environmental targets must be quantifiable and range over a set period of time.