Environmental work - Ull

Last changed: 29 August 2019

Since 2016, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences is environmentally certified in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard. The university has 11 environmental certificates, of which the Ull certificate is one.

Ull has been environmentally certified since July 2015. The certification includes the operations listed below. The certificate also includes the Forestry and Agricultural Operations Unit (part of the university administration). Since 2006, this unit has been certified under ISO 14001.

  • University management
  • University administration in Uppsala
  • SLU library in Uppsala
  • Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology, Division of Wood Science and Technology
  • Department of Economics
  • Department of Forest Economics
  • Department of Urban and Rural Development

The environmental certificate means that we map our environmental impact and work systematically with the objective of continually reducing it. We also affect the environment positively with our research, education and environmental monitoring and assessment.

Non-conformities and improvement proposals

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 >>

The different parts of the environmental management system

There are two main purposes of establishing an environmental management system. Firstly, to ensure that environmental legislation and other environmental requirements and regulations are followed and secondly, to continually improve the organisation's different operations with the objective of reducing its negative environmental impact. The environmental management system for the Ull certificate follows the ISO 14001 standard and is structured as shown below. Read more about the different parts here.


Environmental policy

SLU’s environmental policy was adopted in 2011. It reads as follows:

“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 organisational 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 objectives

All employees should be familiar with our environmental objectives and how we achieve them together. SLU has adopted overall environmental objectives for the university which you can read more about here. Within the Ull environmental certificate, the objectives are the following:

  • Operations shall reduce their environmental impact from energy consumption from their own properties and increase energy efficiency by at least 1 per cent per m2 per year, with 2012 as the base year. (Same as SLU's overall objective.)
  • Operations shall reduce CO2emissions from domestic business travel, in comparison with the 2013 level, by 20 per cent per full-time employee by 2020. The amount of IT travel (use of video-conferencing), in comparison with the 2016 level, shall increase with 15 per cent by 2020. (Same as SLU's overall objective.)
  • Operations shall reduce their environmental impact from the food purchased and served at conferences and meetings. By the end of 2018, 20 per cent of catered food should be vegetarian.
  • Operations shall reduce the environmental impact from division vehicles. All newly purchased vehicles shall be green cars powered by electricity or biogas. Cars owned by divisions within the certificate shall, by the end of 2018, be replaced with green cars (electric or biogas).
  • Agricultural operations to switch to fossil-free fuel (HVO).

Environmental handbook

The environmental handbook a “virtual guide”, a collection of documents which together form the basis for the environmental management system. The handbook has no legal status and is only a compilation of documents. It explains how to carry out environment work. It contains descriptions of the environmental objectives, environmentally damaging activities, who does what in various parts of our operations as well as key procedures on environmental consideration and emergency preparedness. An environmental handbook is a requirement under the ISO 14001 standard.

Link to the handbook

Laws and other requirements

All managers must know and comply with the environmental laws affecting the operations for which they are responsibl, and all staff must be familiar with and comply with the environmental laws that affect their own area of work.

The tool Rättsnätet provides a list of laws with all environmental laws which affect operations within the Ull certificate. Please note that access to Rättsnätet requires AD login.

Link to Rättsnätet (in Swedish)

Common environmental issues

Waste management

Read more about how to sort waste properly. According to national acts and municipal regulations, we are obligated to sort waste according to our established procedure, and we are constantly working towards satisfactory waste management within the Ull certificate. Help us by informing colleagues, students, external guests and other visitors to Ull about our procedures for waste – together, we can make things better.

Office recycling bins

The small bags for food waste have been removed from the individual recycling bins in offices. This means that these bins can now only be used for recyclable paper and combustible waste. The paper compartment should be emptied in the bigger recycling bins found in e.g. copier rooms. The compartment for combustible waste will be emptied by cleaning staff – however, if there is food waste in the bin, they will not empty it. Leave any food waste in one of the dedicated bins found in lunch rooms and at coffee stations/coffee places.

IT equipment

When procuring framework agreements for IT equipment, we apply the highest environmental requirements possible. The standard computers offered today fulfil those requirements.

Written recommendations for the life span of IT equipment is not a suitable option. Instead, contact the Division of IT who will make suggestions based on functionality and security. They will never suggest replacing IT equipment if this is not justified.

Changing rooms for cyclists, Ulls hus

Minutes from the building council meeting, 15 February 2016: "After receiving the proposal and a cost estimate for building a common changing room in the basement of Ulls hus, the administrative heads and heads of department decided not to approve this project. This concludes the work of Service Ull, those who had proposed a changing room with clothes lockers and drying cupboards have been informed."

Environmentally friendly containers for take-aways from Ulls restaurang

The plastic containers used for take-aways are made of recycled plastic. Together with Ulls restaurang, we are looking into different ways of reducing our environmental impact. If you are having a salad for lunch, the Amigo shop in Ulls hus offers a salad bar where you can compose your own salad in a container made of compostable material and which can be sorted as food waste. If you are going straight to the lunch room, perhaps you do not need to plastic lid at all?

New from the Ull environmental group

Here you can see what our most current environmental improvements are. If you are interested in previous environmental improvements, please contact Environmental Coordinator Karin Bäckman (contact information below).

  • Waste separation. During autumn 2017, the labelling of the waste containers in lunchrooms and coffee areas was improved both in Swedish and English. The lunchrooms also have illustrations on the containers to make it easier to find the right one. There are also guides in the lunchrooms on how to separate waste correctly.
  • Staff bikes (electric) are available in Ulls hus for all SLU employees to borrow. More information.


Environment Unit:

Environmental representatives Ull:

Miljörepresentanter Ull:

Karoline Holmström (Division of Human Resources)

Johan Karlsson (Division of IT)

Lisa Matteses Åhrgren (Department of Urban and Rural Development) 

Therése Ledin (Division of Estate Management)

Mårten Granert-Gärdfeldt (Division of Communication)

Emma Gurnell (Division of Financial Administration)

Martina Andersson Löfqvist (SLU University Library in Uppsala)

Mariah Fernkvist (Department of Economics)

Ylva Lönnerholm (Division of Educational Affairs)

Pia Schultz (Vice-Chancellor's Office)

Yenny Venegas (Academic Conferences)

Nasko Terziev (Department of Forest Biomaterials and Technology)

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