ISO 14001 Environmental management system SLU Umeå

Last changed: 03 March 2020

This certificate includes SLU in Umeå, and all the experimental parks and research stations that are a part of the Unit for Field-based Forest Research.

 The regulation on environmental management in government authorities (SFS 2009:907) says that SLU shall work according to an established environmental management system. The vice chancellor of SLU has decided this should be arranged through the ISO 14001 certification. SLU Umeå received its environmental certificate during spring 2016 and during the fall the same year the whole of SLU was certified.

The environmental work in Umeå is led by two coordinators and a number of representatives from the departments and units within the certificate. The highest level of executive management is the infrastructure council in Umeå. The facutly director at the forest faculty has the responsibility to validate and approve of the routines that the coordinators and representatives develope.

The different parts of the environmental management system

The two main purposes with an environmental management system is to make sure that the organisation follows environmental laws and regulations and that the organisation continues to improve and work towards a decreased environmental impact. The environmental management system in SLU Umeå is certified according to the ISO 140001:2015 standard. 

You can read more about the different parts of the management system here.

Environmental policy

SLU's environmental policy was adopted in 2011. There you can read the following:

"SLU contributes to an ecological, social and financial sustainable development. Environmental thinking and environmental aspects are integrated in all decision-making and are part of all activities within SLU’s organizational units. The environmental work at SLU is a long-term process which builds on continuous improvement and is based on the environmental regulations in force."

Read more about SLU's overall environmental work on the staff web.

Environmental goals Umeå

All employees should know about SLU´s environmental goals. You can read more about the goals and how they are doing here.

Below are the objectives we follow-up on a certficate level.

1. Energy use

In Umeå SLU's own facilities inlcudes the ones in Röbäcksdalen used by Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden and Forest Biomaterials and Technology, and the ones used by the unit of Field-Based Forest Reserach, e.g. in Asa, Tönnersjöheden and Vindeln.

1.3 Electricity and energy consumption

Energy savings for properties owned 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.

2. Business travel

2.1 Travel

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

2.4 Domestic flights

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

2.5 IT travel

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

3. Educational objective

By 2020, at least 80% of all course coordinators to have taken part in a one-day training in education for sustainable development.

4. Certificate specific goals

4.1 Waste

To reduce the amount of combustable waste by 15% until 2020 compared to 2015.

Important environmental aspects

SLU's most important environmental aspects are:

Direct                                         Indirect

Emissions from travel              Education

Use of electricity                       Research

Purchases                                   Environmental analysis

An investigation of SLU:s CO2 emissions was finished in 2017. It confirmed that the most important factors for these emissions were travelling with airplanes and cars. The animal facilities also had a big impact on these emissions. One of these farms are a part of the SLU Umeå certificate.

Environmental handbook Umeå

The Environmental Handbook is a "virtual guide", a collection of documents, which together are the basis for the environmental management system. The Environmental Handbook has no legal status and is a compilation of documents. Through the Environmental Handbook the environmental work within certificate is explained. Here one can find descriptions of the environmental goals, environmentally damaging activities, who does what in the various operations as well as key routines on environmental consideration and emergency preparedness.

Link to the handbook

Laws and regulations

All people in leading positions should know and follow the environmental laws and regulation that affects the areas they are responsible for. All staff should know about the laws and regulations that are related to their specific work tasks.

In the tool “Rättsnätet” in “Notisum” each certificate can create a list with all environmental laws that affect the different areas within the certificate. Note that you need your AD login to access the list and the page is in Swedish.

Link to Rättsnätet (in Swedish)

Report environmental errands and suggestions for improvements

Since September 2 SLU has adopted a new way of reporting environmental issues. If you have an idea of how our environmental work can be improved, or if you want to call attention to something that does not conform with our procedures, you can report the matter in our reporting system (link below). The purpose of reporting non-conformities or leaving improvement proposals is to counter any shortcomings and errors and to help us to constantly improve our environmental performance. All employees and students can contribute.

Report an environmental matter here


Certificate coordinators SLU Umeå:

Dianne Staal Wästerlund, Phone: 090-786 8450

Johanna Wallsten, Phone: 090-786 8716

Environment representatives:

Maria Renberg (SSM)

Ingela Sandström and Maria Ahnlund (Dept. of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology)

Dianne Staal Wästerlund (Dept. of Forest Resource Management)

Camilla Widmark (Dept. of Forest Economics) 

Johanna Wallsten (Dept. of Agricultural Research for Northern Sweden)

Carina Jonsson (Dept. of Forest Biomaterials and Technology)

Michael Finell (Biomass technology center)

Margareta Elfving (Dept. of Forest Ecology and Management)

Per Olofsson (Faculty office)

Giuseppe de Simon (Unit for Field-based Forest Research) 

Sonya Juthberg (Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental studies)

Lisa Almqvist (Library)

Pär Igsell (IT)

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