SLU's climate fund

Last changed: 22 September 2017
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The SLU climate fund was set up in June 2014 and is part of the effort to reach the environmental objectives for business travel. The fund will run for a trial period of three years, after which it will be evaluated.

Apply for funding!

Do you have a clever idea for how SLU can reduce its impact on the climate? Apply for funding from the SLU climate fund and turn your ideas into reality!

Funding from the climate fund is paid twice yearly. Deadline for next applying is 15/9. More information and forms you will find here.

How it all works

Each trip by plane will be subject to a fee. The size of the fee is the same for domestic and international travel, but will vary depending on the employee’s place of work. The fee is SEK 120 per trip (one way) for all staff except those based in Uppsala, for whom the fee is SEK 150. The fee is administered by SLU’s travel agency. The definition of ’trip’ is a journey from start to destination, regardless of the number of stopovers.


A return trip from Arlanda to Malmö by plane = two fees. A trip from Arlanda to Malmö, returning by train = one fee.

Using the climate fund resources

The fund’s resources will be managed as follows:

10% of the resources will be kept in the fund to build up a reserve during the first years. The reserve will primarily be used for unforeseen expenses, and to ensure that the fund does not run out of means.

90% of the funds will be allocated during the year, according to the following guidelines:

  • Promoting video meetings: 40% to 60% of yearly dividend
  • Funding climate projects, all SLU employees can apply: 40% to 60% of yearly dividend

Criteria for granting project funding from the climate fund

A decision to grant funding for a project must always be weighed against the purpose of the climate fund. The following criteria will be assessed for each project before a decision on funding is taken.

To what extent the project:

  • has a positive effect on SLU’s climate impact, preferably as a reduction of the number of carbon dioxide equivalents.

The project should preferably, but not necessarily:

  • be linked to one of SLU’s core activities education, research, external collaboration and/or environmental monitoring and assessment;
  • be characterised by innovativeness and creativity;
  • lead to results that would not have happened if the climate fund had not existed;
  • strengthen the SLU brand and ideally be clearly visible on e.g. our campuses;
  • lead to financial savings;
  • concern a large group of SLU students and/or employees;
  • be carried out with some kind of co-financing provided by internal and/or external partners.

Who manages the climate fund and decides on the distribution of profits?

The climate fund is managed by a steering group. The steering group has the following tasks:

  • Evaluate submitted proposals.
  • Twice yearly propose a decision on the distribution of profits.
  • Continuously monitor the fund.
  • Every year, report on proceeds and how they have been used, and after 3 years evaluate the fund.
  • Follow up projects granted funding and approve, or reject, the final project report. The steering group can withdraw funding which has not been used as agreed.
  • Coordinate issues concerning the facilitating of climate-friendly travel. For example, SLU can act as a partner in different networks to influence rail transport planning.

The steering group submits proposals for decisions. The vice-chancellor makes the final decision on how the resources of the climate fund will be used.

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