Environmental objectives

Last changed: 12 February 2021

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

New objectives starting January 2021

Objective: 1.4

By 2027, 50% of electricity consumed and 95% of energy used for heating is to come from renewable sources, primarily solar. This applies to all properties managed by SLU.

Annual follow-up: The target was introduced in January 2021, meaning follow-up is not yet possible.

Objective: 1.5

By 2027, SLU will have streamlined all energy use (electricity, heating, cooling) by at least 8% per rented m2, compared to 2019. This is the equivalent of energy streamlining of at least 1% per rented m2 per year, and will not have any detrimental impact on SLU’s operations and tenants.

Annual follow-up: The target was introduced in January 2021, meaning follow-up is not yet possible.

Objective: 1.6

By 2027, SLU and Akademiska hus will save a minimum 15% of energy in the properties SLU rents, based on usage information from 2019. The target includes electricity, heating and cooling and is calculated at kWh per rented m2 and will not have any detrimental impact on SLU’s operations and tenants.

Annual follow-up: The target was introduced in January 2021, meaning follow-up is not yet possible.

Previous objectives ending December 2020

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.

Yearly follow-up: The degree of self-sufficiency in electricity in properties rented or owned by SLU was 9 % renewables in 2020. The degree of self-sufficiency in heating in properties managed by SLU was 84 % in 2020.

Objective: 1.3

Energy savings for properties owned by SLU of at least 1 % per m2 and year, with 2012 as the base year. This means total savings by 2020 of 9 % per m2 and year.

Yearly follow-up: Energy consumption for properties managed by SLU decreased by 7 % between 2012 and 2020.

Business travel

New objectives starting January 2021

Objective: 2.6

By 2025, SLU will have reduced its total fossil fuel emissions from air travel by 60%, compared to 2019 per full-time equivalent. This could be the equivalent of a 90% reduction in domestic flights and 50% reduction in international flights.

Follow-up every six months: The target was introduced in January 2021, meaning follow-up is not yet possible.

Previous objectives ending December 2020

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 every half-year: By 2020, the CO2-emissions from travel had been reduced by 75 % per full-time employee, compared to 2013. The objective was fulfilled already in 2019, before the travel restrictions caused by the corona pandemic.

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 every half-year: Compared to 2013, in 2020 CO2-emissions from domestic air travel had been reduced by 83 % per full-time employee. The objective was fulfilled already in 2019, before the travel restrictions caused by the corona pandemic.

Objective 2.5

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

Follow-up every half-year: Videoconferencing has increased drastically since 2016. By the end of 2020, the number of meetings have increased by 200 %. Meetings in Zoom and Teams are not included. The number of Zoom meetings during 2020 were 131 891 and the number of Teams meetings were 133 499.

Procurement

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 every half-year: During 2020, three follow-ups of procurement were made. One was the procurement of business bus travel with driver. The suppliers have submitted proof that the requirements have been met, for example requirements for environmental vehicles whose environmental classification is at least EURO 5 and that the highest possible environmental class for fuel, which is commercially available at the relevant location, must be used. The second follow-up was snow removal where the suppliers have both submitted evidence proving the environmental requirements for Euro 4 vehicles and requirements for hydraulic oil. The third follow-up was hazardous waste where the suppliers have submitted evidence on most points, however, there is no possibility to prove that any palm oil is certified and free from PFAD.

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 every half-year: In the procurements, which resulted in a signed agreement during 2020, an environmental risk analysis has been carried out in all cases. In six of these procurements (PDAs for field analysis, dry chips, window cleaning, IT products, restaurant and catering in Alnarp, and business bus travel with driver), the environmental risk analysis have resulted in environmental requirements in each procurement and green leaves are used in Proceedo where 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 every half-year: Of SLU's 20 most booked hotels in 2020, 49 % of the hotel nights were booked in an environmentally certified hotel. 

Education

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.

Yearly follow-up: See follow-up for interim targets.

Updated interim targets January 2021

Interim target: 4.4.1

Integrate sustainable development to all programmes (100%) by 2025.

Annual follow-up: The target was introduced in January 2021, meaning follow-up is not yet possible.

Interim target: 4.4.2

By 2025, course evaluation reports should score an average of at least 3.5 (of a possible 5.0) in response to questions regarding the extent to which sustainability has been integrated into education.

Annual follow-up: The target was introduced in January 2021, meaning follow-up is not yet possible.

Interim target: 4.4.5

At least 70% of alumni asked will agree that their programme has given them the tools to work with all three aspects of sustainable development in their current professional life, and that they feel they use these tools and contribute to a more sustainable world.

Annual follow-up: The target was introduced in January 2021, meaning follow-up is not yet possible.

Previous interim targets ending December 2020

Interim target: 4.4.1

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

Yearly follow-up: By the end of 2020, SLU had 28 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. All of SLU programmes include sustainability aspects in the programme profile, clarification needed in a few cases. SLU also has 22 Master's programmes, most of them with an international profile and taught in English. In all 22 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.

Interim target: 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.

Yearly follow-up: In 2020, the average for this question was 4.09 out of 5 for all SLU courses. This corresponds to 80 % which means the objective was fulfilled.

Interim target: 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.

Yearly follow-up: Due to the pandemic, no conference was held in 2020 but was held in 2019.

Interim target: 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.

Yearly follow-up: By the end of 2020, just over 90% (381) had participated.

Interim target: 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.

Yearly follow-up: The question will not be asked until 2022. 

Environmental monitoring and assessment

New objectives starting January 2021

Objective: 5.4

To further SLU’s contributions to society’s environmental work, one of the university’s general environmental objectives is to increase the use of data generated from SLU’s environmental monitoring and assessment amongst national decision-makers, public authorities, researchers and the general public.

By the end of 2025, at least 90% of participants* in SLU’s quality enhancement activities are expected to openly publish their data, as outlined in the environmental data management quality guide**.

Follow-up every six months: The target was introduced in January 2021, meaning follow-up is not yet possible.

Previous objectives ending December 2020

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 every half-year: Of all the operations that took part in the quality work, 10 % met the requirements by the end of 2020. The objective was not achieved, it is extended until 2025, and at the same time as the target level is tightened to 90 %.

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.

Yearly follow-up: Only fossil-free electricity is purchased in 2020.

Focus area 6.2

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

Yearly follow-up: Of the heating/cooling purchased in 2020, 63 % was fossil-free.

Focus area 6.3

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

Yearly follow-up: The distribution in 2020: electricity 5 %, hybrid 4 %, methane gas 1 %, diesel 71 % and petrol 20 %. Of the total diesel consumption, at least 37 % was fossil-free. Ultuna property is responsible for a significant part of the consumption of fossil-free diesel. NOTE! The result does not include SLU's research vessel Svea, as it is not classified as a vehicle. The vessel is powered solely by fossil-free diesel (HVO100).

Focus area 6.4

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

Yearly follow-up: Largely satisfactory results. When relevant, energy consumption must be acknowledged as much as possible for procurement of products, services and buildings. The number of procurements with environmental requirements are affected by the type of procurement in question. SLU operations are broad, and it is not unusual that very specific products are procured. In most cases, there is only one supplier, which affects environmental requirement.

Focus area 6.5

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

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

Focus area 6.6

Climate compensation.

Yearly follow-up: In 2020, a project was started to investigate what SLU can do in practice to bind carbon dioxide, e.g. by producing and disposing of biochar.

Facts:

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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