Environmental Policy for Linköping University
Linköping University (LiU), as an educational institution, has a responsibility to contribute to economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable development. This policy applies to the environmental dimension of sustainable development.
Environmental Considerations in Relevant Processes
LiU's environmental policy should permeate all activities, meaning that activities should be conducted with environmental considerations in relevant processes. LiU should comply with applicable binding requirements and other environmental standards while working towards continuously improving environmental performance.
LiU should actively work to reduce its own environmental impact, providing all employees with the opportunity to contribute to collective environmental efforts.
Environmental Concerns in Education, Research, and Collaboration
Through education of students and research activities, LiU has significant potential to contribute to long-term sustainable development. Students at LiU should be provided with opportunities and encouraged to acquire sufficient knowledge to contribute to sustainable development and a healthy environment, both during and after their studies at LiU. To ensure that LiU contributes to society with strong environmental expertise, environmental-related research should be conducted, and other research should be encouraged to embrace sustainable development. Likewise, LiU should contribute to the development of knowledge about environmental issues through collaboration with the business sector, the public sector, non-profit organizations, and the public.
Systematic Efforts to Reduce Environmental Impact
Environmental impact should be reduced based on what is technically feasible, economically reasonable, and environmentally justified. Improvement of the university's environmental performance should occur through systematic work according to an environmental management system designed to increase knowledge and capacity for sustainable development, limit climate impact, use natural resources more efficiently, and minimize the spread of harmful and infectious substances from the activities. Environmental adaptation should be carried out from a life-cycle perspective and include minimization of waste generation and emissions, resource, and energy efficiency, as well as environmental requirements in procurement and in the planning of renovations or new construction for LiU's operations.
Environmental objectives, 2022-2024
The environmental objectives take into account the national environmental quality objectives, the Higher Education Ordinance, the ordinance on environmental management systems in government agencies and the ISO 14001:2015 environmental management systems standard. The environmental objectives are grouped into four areas:
- Increase knowledge and capacity for sustainable development (environmental objectives 1 and 2)
- Limit climate impact (environmental objectives 1 and 2)
- Use natural resources more efficiently (environmental objective 6)
- Minimize the spread of harmful and infectious substances from the activities (environmental objective 7)
Environmental objective 1
All co-workers understand how they in their professional role affect the environment and how they can contribute to a sustainable society.
Environmental objective 2
LiU’s environmental management system is integrated into business management and follow-up processes.
Environmental objective 3
The climate footprint (CO2e) from LiU flights shall be reduced by 30% by 2024 from the level in 2019.
Environmental objective 4
The energy consumption (kWh) of LiU shall be reduced by 10% by 2024 from the level in 2019.
Environmental objective 5
Implement working methods to reduce the climate impact of purchases when signing framework agreements that have a great potential to reduce climate impact.
Environmental objective 6
LiU has, from a life-cycle perspective, a good housekeeping of goods, services and products.
Environmental objective 7
Minimise the risk of spreading of harmful substances from laboratory activities through measures taken when procuring, substituting and using such substances.
Good examples from LiU’s environmental commitment:
- The carbon offsetting fund. For all travel by air, LiU allocates funds that are distributed to various
initiatives to reduce the energy consumption or other environmental impact of the university.
- Återbruket. This activity acts to bring a lot of unused furniture to new users.
- Green sections – a diploma system for student sections that adapt their operations in an eco-friendly manner.
- The digital and physical environmental exhibition Walk the Talk at Campus Valla and Campus Norrköping.