Overall environmental objectives

Last changed: 22 January 2018

SLU has adopted university-wide environmental objectives in the fields of energy use, business travel, procurement, environmental monitoring and assessment and education for sustainable development.

Vision with focus areas

SLU’s vision is to be climate neutral by 2027. To achieve this, six focus areas have been identified.

  • 6.1 All electricity purchased or consumed by SLU to come from fossil-free sources.

  • 6.2 All district heating/cooling purchased or consumed by SLU to come from fossil-free sources.

  • 6.3 All SLU-owned vehicles, machinery and tools to run on fossil-free fuel.

  • 6.4 Procurement of goods and services to be clearly characterised by climate awareness.

  • 6.5 Emissions from business travel to be reduced according to the existing action plan and objectives (reg. no SLU ua.2017.1.1.3-1965)

  • 6.6 Climate compensation


Energy use

Status 2017-11

Objective 1.1

Using 2014 as the base year, SLU will increase its self-sufficiency in energy (electricity) in all its properties (rented or owned) by at least 13% by 2020. For heating, the degree of self-sufficiency should continue to be above 90% in properties managed by SLU.

Follow-up: During 2016, solar cells were installed in Alnarp, Lövsta and Röbäcksdalen. The degree of self-sufficiency  in electricity in properties rented or owned by SLU has consequently increased somewhat, to 11.3%, in line with the objective. The Grimsö hydropower project is likewise progressing according to plan, and the same holds for heating, not least as several measures were taken during the year. 


Objective 1.3

Energy savings for properties owned or rented by SLU of at least 1% per square metre and year, with 2012 as the base year. This means total savings by 2020 of 9% per square metre and year.

Follow-up: According to statistics, energy consumption has been reduced by 3% (annual follow-up). 



Business travel

Status 2017-11

Objective 2.1

SLU will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from travel by 10% per full-time employee before the end of 2020, compared to 2013.

Follow-up: Compared to Q2 2013, travel has been reduced by 19% per full-time employee.


Objective 2.4

Carbon dioxide emissions from domestic air travel to be reduced by 20% per full-time employee by the end of 2020, compared to 2013.

Follow-up: Compared to Q2 2013, domestic air travel has increased by 5% per fullt-time employee. Total domestic air travel has been reduced by 3%.


Objective 2.5

The number of travel-free meetings (videoconferencing) to increase by 15% before the end of 2020, compared to 2016.

Follow-up: At the end of Q2 2017, the number of travel-free meetings had increased by 87% compared to the end of Q2 2016.




Status 2017-11

Objective 3.5

By 2019, all procured agreements where environmental criteria are deemed relevant based on an environmental risk analysis should offer options marked 'Bra miljöval' wherever possible.

Goods and services that are or may become marked 'Bra miljöval' should, provided it is technically possible, be available in Proceedo and indicated by a green leaf symbol.

Follow-up: For all procurements that have resulted in agreements with a starting date of 1 January - 30 June 2017, an environmental risk analysis has been performed. In four of these cases, the analysis resulted in the introduction of environmental criteria. None of the agreements resulted in 'Bra miljöval' options. The reason for this is that only one (1) of the agreements is a framework agreement (for procurement consultancy services), and in this case it was not considered relevant to apply environmental criteria. The other agreements concerned procurement of defined goods or services.


Objective 3.6

Follow-up of at least one (1) procurement annually to determine if, and to what extent, the environmental impact has been reduced.

Follow-up: Follow-up of one (1) procurement, for restaurant and catering services, is planned for 2017.



Education for sustainable development

Status 2017-11

Overall objective: All students on SLU degree programmes to be provided with a solid foundation for managing all perspectives (financial, social, environmental) of sustainability in their future professional life. 

This is achieved by doing the following:

  • Integrate sustainable development in all degree programmes (100%) by 2020.
  • By 2020, at least 70% of respondents to course evaluations to reply yes to the question on whether sustainability was integrated in teaching on the course.
  • Arrange an annual workshop with programme directors of study to exchange experience and develop the sustainable development aspect in teaching.
  • At least 80% of all course coordinators/teachers to take part in a one-day training for sustainable development by the end of 2020.

At least 70% of alumni to agree that their programme has given them the tools to work with all three aspects of sustainable development in their current professional life..



Environmental monitoring and assessment

Task the pro vice-chancellor for EMA to draft new environmental objectives for EMA as of 2019.

Status 2017-11

Objective 5.1

To contribute to the environmental efforts of society even more, SLU has adopted the obejctive of increasing the use if its environmental assessment data among decision-makers, authorites, researchers and the public. This objective also includes clarifying which data are accessible and that they fulfil SLU's quality criteria. The turnover of this area of operations is used as an indicator, and for the objective to be fulfilled turnover should increase from SEK 402 million (2014) to SEK 442 million in 2018.

Follow-up: Turnover has increased by SEK 20 million between 2016 and 2017 (incl. adjustment for cost increase) and is now SEK 427 million. This objective is deemed attainable (annual follow-up only)


Objective 5.3

Within 1.5 years from launch, or no later than 31 December 2018, work should be concluded and information, so-called metadata, on the environmental monitoring data available should be published on the SLU web.

Follow-up: 25 (33%) units have achieved this objective, a modest increase compared to the end of last year. Even if all units who have started this work should, in principle, be able to finalise it before the end of the year, it will be difficult to prioritise this work.


Status indicators

 The objective can be fulfilled within the given timeframe.

 The objective can be be fulfilled within the given timeframe if appropriate action is taken.

 The objective cannot be fulfilled within the given timeframe.

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