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The University of Gothenburg Topping Environmental Ranking

News: Apr 27, 2017

For a second straight year, the University of Gothenburg is topping the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s ranking of environmental management work among Swedish government agencies. In the Agency’s latest annual assessment, the University of Gothenburg scored an impressive 22 out of 23 possible points.

‘This is something the University can be proud of. We have worked hard to reduce our environmental impact for a long time, and the success is a result of persistent commitment from all parts of the organisation,’ says Pam Fredman, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg.

Every year in its annual report, the University presents the results of the previous year’s efforts to manage its environmental impact and sustainable development. The sustainability report shows that six of 14 goals have been achieved; for example, the number of scholarly articles dealing with sustainable development issues increased by 1 % from the previous year and the number of activities and collaborative projects related to sustainable development for students increased by 12 %. No change is recorded for four of the 14 goals, and the remaining four goals show a negative development from the previous year.

‘We are pleased to see that the University is keeping its top position in the environmental ranking. However, a lot of work remains since the development is negative in some areas. One such concern is that the University is increasing its emissions of carbon dioxide, mainly due to increased air travel,’ says Katarina Gårdfeldt, director of the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, the unit in charge of the University of Gothenburg’s environmental management work.

The report from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency also shows that the University of Gothenburg is one of the five government agencies with the highest carbon dioxide emissions from long-distance air travel. The University has an explicit ambition to be an internationally successful academic institution, which clashes with the objective to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from for example air travel.

‘We are therefore working actively to stimulate and promote travel-free meetings. We have also developed a system for internal carbon offsetting that will enable staff and students to carry out projects that may help reduce the University’s carbon footprint,’ says Eddi Omrcen, sustainability strategist at the University of Gothenburg and head of the group at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability that specialises in the University’s environmental management work.

Have a look at the University of Gothenburg’s sustainability results in 2016 here, or download the University’s annual report and read about the sustainability efforts on pages 68–73 (in Swedish).

To the report Miljöledning i staten 2016 (in Swedish).

About Government Ordinance (2009:907) on environmental management in government authorities:
Government Ordinance (2009:907) on environmental management in government authorities provides that government agencies must develop systems for environmental management and annually report their results to the government and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. About 185 government agencies are subject to the Ordinance.
 

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