Climate Fund

Last changed: 19 June 2018
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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 28/9. 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:

  • 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.

Approved projects

Energy charting and training for Skara employees. Karin Wallin
Towards sustainable lawns: searching for alternative cost effective and climate friendly lawns on Ultuna Campus. Maria Ignatieva
Training in low-flow anaesthesia with the aim to reduce the use of isoflurane at UDS. Birgitta Östlund-Wiberg
Stimulate increased travel by night train as an alternative to flying, the LTV Faculty. Eva Johansson
Skype integration. Björn Lindell
Solar energy systems and batteries at trial fields in Bälinge mossar. Department of Soil and Environment. Örjan Berglund
Install electron microscope coolers at the VH Faculty. Fredrik Södersten
Principles for responsible management education. Department of Economics, Ultuna. Cecilia Mark-Herbert
Climate compensation through reforestation of degraded, low-productive tropical forests on Borneo. Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Umeå. Ulrik Ilstedt
Replace bikes with cars when travelling to work. Division of Facility Management's (Infra), Alnarp. Mats Svensson
Purchase staff bikes for Ulls hus. Division of Facility Management's (Infra), Ultuna. Maisa Young/Karin Bäckman
Purchase a plastic shredder for test bottles. Christian Demandt
Purchase an electric ATV (all-terrain vehicle). Elinora Johansson
Purchase and install video conference equipment at the Department of Animal Environment and Health and the Department of Soil and Environment, Skara. Anders H Karlsson/Karin Wallin
Installation of solar panels on two test surfaces in Västerbotten's inland for datalogger stations which are run with car batteries today. Linnea Hansson
Rebuild a double garage into a bicycle garage. Johanna Wallsten
Invest in an electric car. Johan Karlsson
Construct a tank in the aquatic laboratory. Markus Langeland
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