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LiU’s Environmental Objectives

The vice-chancellor at LiU has approved the following environmental objectives for LiU, to be valid during the period 2019-2021. The decision and objectives for 2019-2021 are available here (in swedish).

Each department or unit will draw up and approve its own plan of action. It is expected that the plans of action for the current objectives will be available by April 2019. Previous plans of action (in Swedish) for the period 2016-2018 are available.

The environmental objectives and plans of action are followed up each year.

Areas of environmental objectives within the university

The environmental objectives are based on the university’s environmental assessment and environmental policy. The environmental objectives also take into consideration the national environmental objectives, the Higher Education Ordinance, förordningen gällande miljöledningssystem i statliga myndigheter (“Ordinance for Environmental Management Systems in Government Agencies”), and ISO 14001:2015 “Environmental management systems – Requirements with guidance for use”.

The environmental objectives are grouped into four areas:

  • Increase knowledge of sustainable development
  • Limit impact on the climate
  • Use natural resources more efficiently
  • Minimise the spread of hazardous and infectious substances from operations.

Quantifiable environmental objectives with a defined date of completion and indicators for the follow-up of each objective are given below in the tables.

In order to achieve the environmental objectives, the university works through the environmental management system, through a clearly defined organisation of environmental managers and environmental coordinators, through reporting of environmental statistics and their follow-up, through procurement processes with environmental requirements, and through communication and the spread of information.

Environmental objectives 2019-2021 and indicators to be followed up

Area 1: Increase knowledge of sustainable development

Environmental research at LiU is successful. It is characterised by a holistic approach and system-based analysis. Rather than tackling individual environmental challenges, the research focusses on the flows of energy and material between various actors and how waste products can be managed. Collaboration between experts in technology, the natural sciences, the social sciences, the humanities, medicine and the educational sciences ensures a comprehensive approach to taking on some of the major challenges within the climate, the environment and sustainability.

We are a university: we produce and disseminate new knowledge. After concluding education at LiU, students are to possess increased knowledge and understanding of how they can work to promote sustainable development in their professional lives. A specific decision has been taken about measures for a clearer integration and follow-up of sustainable development within the educational activities at Linköping University, Ref. No. LiU-2018-01558.

In order for LiU to get to grips with the challenges relating to sustainable development facing society, it is important that all co-workers have a deep familiarity with, and understanding for, how each operational unit can work to promote sustainable development.

Environmental objective 1

All personnel at LiU shall, by 2021 at the latest, be familiar with, and have an understanding of, how sustainable development is integrated into the relevant operations.

Indicator

Unit

Responsible for follow-up

Number of co-workers who have participated in education about sustainable development

Number educated

Faculties

Co-workers are to possess the “expertise required” according to ISO 14001 (in order for LiU to achieve certification)

Number educated

Faculties

 

Environmental objective 2

Increase the spread of environmental research both internally and externally

 

Indicator

Unit

Responsible for follow-up

Scientific articles that describe environmental research published in the period 2019–2021

Number of articles published, internally and externally 

University Library

Visits to the LiU website for environmental research

Number of visits

Communications and Marketing Division, University Services          

Research financing for environmental research SEK/year Faculties

 Area 2: Limit impact on the climate

The university is working to reduce the consumption of electricity and to increase the production of electricity from solar cells located on its campuses. The LiU buildings are heated and cooled by district heating and district cooling. In collaboration with the property owners, the university is taking measures to reduce energy consumption such as, for example, replacing energy-demanding illumination by more efficient sources, replacing energy-demanding windows with new windows that are more energy-efficient, and replacing ventilation equipment by new equipment that consumes less energy. These measures have reduced the consumption of electricity from that of previous years. Solar cells started to be installed on the LiU campuses in 2007. The largest facility is at Kärnhuset on Campus Valla, where 864 solar panels are installed. Three new solar cell facilities were installed on Campus Valla in 2017.

Travel and meetings are an important part of LiU’s operations. LiU co-workers must participate at international meetings and conferences in order to exchange knowledge and research results at an international level. At the same time, the impact of travel on the environment is one of the university’s most significant environmental factors, and long-distance flights were responsible for 96% of the carbon dioxide emissions from LiU’s in-service travel (in 2017). It is necessary to use air travel for long journeys, while alternatives such as rail travel are mainly suitable for short journeys. It is also possible to replace travel by internet-based meetings. LiU has cars powered by renewable fuels available for hire by co-workers for short journeys. In addition to the cars, both conventional bicycles and electrical bicycles are available for rent for in-service travel.

Environmental objective 3

The number of flights taken is to be reduced by 15% in the period 2017-2021.

Indicator

Unit

Responsible for follow-up

C02 emissions from in-service travel (flights, rail travel, the campus bus car cars)

Tonnes C02

Legal Division,
University Services

Number of flights Number/year Legal Division,
University Services

Virtual meetings

Number/year   IT Division,
University Services

Environmental objective 4

By 2021, consumption of energy at LiU is to be reduced by 5% from the level in 2017.

Indicator

Unit

Responsible for follow-up

Energy consumption

kWh/year

Properties Division,
University Services

Number of eco-friendly rental agreements

Number/year Properties Division,
University Services

Refurbishment and new construction projects that give energy-efficient buildings

Number/year Properties Division,
University Services

Area 3: Use natural resources more efficiently

More than 30,000 people have the university as their workplace: they consume large amounts of different types of material and produce large amounts of waste. The requirements set during procurement determine the types of material and product that are brought onto the LiU campuses, while the amounts are determined by the requests for delivery made by operational units. The consumption of materials and the management of waste depend on the design of routines for day-to-day operations, and the actions of each co-worker and student. The university has a well-functioning waste management system. By continuing to develop this and by ensuring that less waste is created, the university can become even better in its striving to use natural resources more efficiently.

The university uses large quantities of different types of material. More efficient use of materials will save money, reduce the impact that the university has on the environment, and make financial resources available to other parts of the university operations. An increase in the reuse of different types of office equipment is important to reduce the consumption of resources and the production of waste at the university.

IT equipment is to be migrated from high-performance environments to less demanding ones, as far as possible. IT equipment may only be replaced and sent to recycling when it no longer has any useful value. If it is assessed that IT equipment can no longer be used efficiently, external alternatives for reuse are to be investigated. Discarded IT equipment must always be passed to LiUIT.

After a period of extensive new construction and refurbishing on the LiU campuses, a maintenance phase will now be significant for a sustainable use of premises and resources.

 

Environmental objective 5

The amount of disposable items purchased within LiU is to be reduced by 10% from 2017 to 2021.

Indicator

Unit

Responsible for follow-up

Purchase of paper towels

SEK/year
Kg/year
Number/year

Properties Division,
University Services

Purchase of office paper

SEK/year
Kg/year
Number of sheets/year

Communications and Marketing Division, University Services

Environmental objective 6

All IT equipment purchased by LiU is to be part of a recycling system by 2021 at the latest.

Indicator

Unit

Responsible for follow-up

Number of computers and smartphones purchased

Number/year

IT Division,
University Services

Number of computers and smartphones reused

Number/year

IT Division,
University Services

Environmental objective 7

An environment assessment of all procurement processes is to be carried out by 2021 at the latest.

Indicator

Unit

Responsible for follow-up

Number of procurement processes carried out

Number/year

Legal Division,
University Services

Number of procurement processes for which an environmental assessment has been carried out

Number/year

Legal Division,
University Services

Area 4: Minimise the spread of hazardous and infectious substances from operations

Substances harmful to health and the environment are used in several operations at the university, principally in laboratories. LiU is working continuously to replace these substances for equivalents that are less harmful, as far as possible.

It is important to reduce the amount of harmful substances when carrying out refurbishment and new construction of LiU buildings, and to provide the conditions required to enable a lower consumption of harmful substances when the buildings are in use. The amounts of cleaning chemicals used in cleaning the premises have been reduced in recent years, as a result of a targeted campaign.

For environmental objectives related to this area, refer to the environmental objectives 6 and 7 that relate to both a more efficient use of natural resource and minimising the spread of harmful substances.


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Last updated: Wed Dec 19 17:50:54 CET 2018