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Sustainability, climate and environment

With its eight faculties and breadth of research, Lund University has a unique opportunity to respond to each of the challenges described in Agenda 2030. It is through the creation and dissemination of scientific and artistic knowledge that we can make the most significant difference to solving the global challenges. We also strive to be a sustainable organisation. This means that we are to offer a good, secure, safe and accessible work environment and that we are to be a resource-efficient organisation with a minimised impact on climate and the environment. We see gender equality, equal opportunities and diversity as strengths.

Policy for sustainable development

The sustainability policy is the basis for the work on environment and sustainability.

Lund University’s policy for sustainable development (PDF 33 kB, new tab)

The policy states that the University’s wish and ambition is to be a driving force for sustainable development and to contribute to achieving the sustainability goals in Agenda 2030.

Read more about the global sustainability goals and Agenda 2030 at globalgoals.org

New strategy for sustainable development

The University has adopted a long-term sustainability strategy for 2019-2026, which applies to all of the University’s activities and all members of staff. The aim of the strategy is to provide direction and establish a number of visions, but not to regulate in detail how they are to be implemented.

Lund University’s strategy for sustainable development (PDF 510 kB, new tab)

The overall visions in the strategy are:

  • sustainable development is to be integrated into education, research, external engagement and organisational development
  • employees are to be very aware of their roles in sustainability work
  • the University is involved in development projects, virtual or physical forums and different external engagement activities together with other higher education institutions, the business sector and civil society so that scientific knowledge can provide leverage in society’s striving for sustainability
  • the University is a prominent voice within research and teaching as well as in public debate and cultural life
  • through good communication, our organisation is visible and transparent

Sustainability plans

Each organisation is responsible for drawing up action plans that outline in detail how the visions in the strategy are to be fulfilled.

At the same time, the work to draw up an overarching action plan for the University is taking place in the areas of education, research, external engagement and a sustainable organisation. If you have any questions about the sustainability plan, please contact the head of sustainability Claes Nilén.

Climate framework for higher education institutions

Lund University has adopted the Climate framework for higher education institutions.

The Climate framework is a framework for climate strategies that aims for higher education institutions in Sweden to continue to contribute to combat climate change through education, research and external engagement. Concurrently, the University is to reduce its own climate impact in line with society’s commitment as expressed in national and international agreements.

This means that by 2030, all the higher education institution signatories to the Climate Framework are to have implemented measures in order to be in line with the 1.5°C target. For Lund University, this means that our climate-impacting emissions are to be heavily reduced. More specific goal setting and measures are being drawn up in the sustainability plan.

Read more about the Climate Framework and see which higher education institutions are signatories on the KTH Royal Institute of Technology website

Environmental action plan 2017–2019

For the 2017-2019 period, the University has chosen to prioritise work on the environmental impact of travel, purchasing, chemicals and premises. Based on this, the University has set environmental targets and decided to implement a number of measures to achieve these targets by 2019. Lund University’s environmental action plan 2017-2019 lists these environmental targets and measures as well as those responsible and the resources needed to implement the measures.

Lund University’s environmental targets and action plan 2017–2019 (PDF 284 kB, new tab)

University Management goals for increased sustainability

The Vice-Chancellor, in consultation with the University Management, has taken a decision on goals for their own organisation. Digital meetings and train travel are to be the first choice. Meals are to be vegetarian or have fish as the standard option, with meat only in exceptional cases. Whenever possible, ingredients are to have environmental or sustainability certifications.

Decision on the University management goals for increased sustainability 9 May 2019, in Swedish (PDF 119 kB, new tab)

Sustainable development in the annual report

You can read about our sustainable development work over the past year in the annual report. The Sustainable Development section describes activities within education, research, external engagement as well as the organisation’s internal work.

Find the annual report on the Annual and interim reports page

Annual environmental report

At the beginning of every year, the University submits a report on its environmental management work to the Government (the Ministry of Education and Research) and to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. In the report, you can read about the University’s efforts over the past year to achieve the goals in the environmental action plan. The report also assesses the University’s contribution to advance towards the national and global goals.

Lund University’s environmental report 2019, in Swedish (PDF 107 kB, new tab)

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, which is the coordinating authority, subsequently compiles a report on the environmental management work of all public authorities, and a ranking. The report for 2019 is to be published in April.

Download the report from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency "Miljöledning i staten 2018 ‐ en redovisning" (in Swedish)

Environmental certification system

The University contributes to a better environment by reducing its environmental impact, for example, by imposing environmental requirements on the goods and services we purchase, streamlining our use of energy, and properly handling our chemicals and hazardous waste. 

One way that the departments are actively working to reduce their environmental impact is by becoming environmentally certified according to Lund University’s environmental certification systems.

Criteria for Lund University’s environmental certification (PDF 175 kB, new tab) (in Swedish)
Measures and procedures – Criteria for environmental certification (Excel 154 kB, new tab) (in Swedish)

If you want to learn more about environmental certification or have other questions concerning environmental and sustainability work at the University, please contact our head of sustainability Claes Nilén, or environmental coordinator Maria Nilsson.

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