SLU operations directly affect the environment though our use of resources and emissions. However, we can also affect the environment directly through education, research and environmental monitoring and assessment (EMA).
According to the Ordinance on Environmental Management in Government Agencies (SFS 2009:907), SLU must work in accordance with an established environmental management system. SLU must annually account for its environmental management work by reporting to the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
The report must include (among other things) the following:
- Our direct and indirect environmental impact.An approved environmental policy.
- Our environmental objectives.
- Action plans which include division of responsibility and time frames.
- Approved measures.
- An account of the results.
- Suggestions for continuous environmental improvements.
In addition, information must be submitted to the Swedish Energy Agency, municipalities, etc.
Indirect environmental impact
The most important effect that SLU has on the environment is indirect.
Teaching and research carried out at SLU contribute to sustainable development. Through our environmental certification, environmental-related course and programme content will become clearer to SLU's current and future students.
Through knowledge and awareness of environmental issues provided by the university, SLU students can affect the environment in a positive way, long-term.
The research carried out at SLU can also contribute to long-term sustainable development.
Direct environmental impact
Direct environmental impact includes the use of chemicals, waste management, environmental issues during the construction of new buildings, etc.
The Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency annually request all public authorities, including universities and higher education institutions, to report on their direct environmental impact.
Direct environmental impact is divided into the following:
- Business trips and other fuel consumption
- Use of energy
- Environmental requirements in procurements