Overall environmental objectives

Last changed: 05 May 2020

SLU has the vision to be a climate-neutral university by 2027. To achieve this, six focus areas have been identified. SLU has also adopted university-wide environmental objectives in the fields of energy use, business travel, procurement, education and environmental monitoring and assessment.

Here, you can read more about our environmental objectives and the most recent follow-up. Some of the objectives are followed up every six months, others once a year.

Energy use

Objective 1.1

Using 2014 as the base year, SLU will increase its self-sufficiency in energy (electricity) for 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: The degree of self-sufficiency in electricity in properties rented or owned by SLU increased to 10 % renewables in 2019, in line with the objective. The degree of self-sufficiency in heating in properties managed by SLU was 86 % in 2019, in line with the objective.

Objective 1.3

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.

Follow-up: Energy consumption for properties managed by SLU increased by 1,5 % between 2012 and 2019.

Business travel

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 2013, in 2019 CO2-emissions from travel had been reduced by 30 % 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 2013, in 2019 CO2-emissions from domestic air travel had been reduced by 28 % per full-time employee.

Objective 2.5

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

Follow-up: Videoconferencing has increased drastically since 2016. In 2019 the number of meetings has increased by 199 %.


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 between 1 January and 31 December 2019, an environmental risk analysis has been performed. In eight of these cases (combine, tractor, coffee machines, animal drugs, hazardous waste, fruit and chemicals), the analysis resulted in the introduction of environmental criteria.

Objective 3.6

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

Follow-up: Follow-ups of procurements of plant protection, plant nutrients and seeds were performed in 2019.

Objective 3.7

In cases where it is relevant from an environmental risk analysis perspective, environmental requirements must be listed in all procurements.

Follow-up: The objective began applying on 1 January 2020. Therefore, follow-up is not yet possible.

Objective 3.8

Increase the number of call-offs with environmental consideration for focus areas with fixed terms. For 2020-2022, the focus area is domestic hotel nights.

Follow-up: The objective began applying on 1 January 2020. Therefore, follow-up is not yet possible.


Objective 4.4

To prepare them for the labour market, all SLU graduates should be given a solid base for managing all aspects of sustainability - economic, social and environmental. To achieve this, intermediate objectives have been defined.

Follow-up: See follow-up for intermediate objectives 4.4.1-4.4.3.

Objective 4.4.1

Integrate sustainable development in all degree programmes (100 %) by 2020.

Follow-up: SLU has 23 degree programmes starting at undergraduate level (foundation year not included). Some of these are Bachelor's programmes, but most of them are professional programmes continuing at Master's level after three years. A majority (90 %) of SLU programmes include sustainability aspects in the programme profile, and in 21 of 23 programmes, it is included in programme descriptions and syllabuses (clarification needed in two cases). SLU also has 20 Master's programmes, most of them with an international profile and taught in English. In all 20 Master's programmes, sustainability aspects are a clear part of the programme profile and included in the syllabus. In a few cases, clarifications are needed in the programme syllabus.

Objective 4.4.2

By 2020, at least 70 % positive answers in course evaluations to the question on whether sustainability has been integrated in the programme.

Follow-up: In 2019, the average for this question was 4.06 out of 5 for all SLU courses. This corresponds to 80 % which means the objective was fulfilled.

Objective 4.4.3

At least every two years, arrange a workshop for programme directors of studies for sharing experiences and developing education for sustainable development.

Follow-up: A workshop was performed in August 2019.

Objective 4.4.4

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

Follow-up: By the end of 2019 80 % (330 participants) have taken the training.

Objective 4.4.5

At least 70 % of alumni queried to say that their programme has given them the tools needed, in their current profession, to work with all three aspects of sustainable development.

Follow-up: Alumni follow-ups are being tested and will probably be done every two years. This question will then be included.

Environmental monitoring and assessment

Objective 5

In order to contribute more to societal environmental work, SLU has a general environmental objective to increase the use of data generated through SLU's environmental monitoring and assessment for national decision-makers, public authorities, researchers and public.

Objective 5.4

By the end of 2020, at least 80 % of all operations taking part in SLU's quality enhancement activities will provide open web data in accordance with the current environmental data management quality guide.

Follow-up: Of all the operations that took part in the quality work, barely 10 % met the requirements by the end of 2019. The objective is deemed possible to meet in 2020.

A climate-neutral university

Vision 6

SLU has the vision to be a climate-neutral university by 2027. To achieve this, the following six focus areas have been defined.

Focus area 6.1

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

Follow-up: Only fossil-free electricity is purchased.

Focus area 6.2

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

Follow-up: Of the heating/cooling purchased in 2019, 62 % was fossil-free.

Focus area 6.3

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

Follow-up: The distribution in 2019: electricity 4 %, hybrid 3 %, methane gas 1 %, diesel 68 % and petrol 24 %. Of the total diesel consumption, at least 50 % was fossil-free.

Focus area 6.4

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

Follow-up: Objective broadly fulfilled.

Focus area 6.5

Emissions from business travel to be reduced according to the existing action plan and objectives.

Follow-up: See the follow-up of the business travel objective.

Focus area 6.6

Climate compensation.

Follow-up: To be investigated in 2020.


Status indicators

 The objective can be fulfilled within the given timeframe.

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

 The objective cannot be fulfilled within the given timeframe.

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