Information
  • Submitted by: Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)
  • Primary SD area: Education
  • Keywords: education
  • Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Date of completion: 1 Jan 2000
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Deliverables & Resources
Higher Education Sustainability Initiative - University of Gothenburg

Organization(s) making commitment

University of Gothenburg

Achievement of Commitment

The University of Gothenburg believes the future is important. We want to ensure sustainable development; a future where the various stakeholders in society make long-term decisions that are good for society today, as well as for future generations. Our students are the decision makers of tomorrow, and our research provides a basis for political and business decisions. We therefore strive to be one of the leading universities in Europe for research and education in sustainable development. As a part of this commitment we are certified according to the international standard for environmental management ISO 14001 and EMAS.

How this will be achieved

The action plan for environment and sustainable development indicates the overarching objectives for the University’s work on sustainable development and how these are to be put into effect in the University’s activities. The current action plan runs from 2011-2015. The objectives include:
- The University will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from travel and transport by 20 per cent by 2015 compared with 2008.
- The University will reduce energy use by 10 per cent per square metre by 2015 in comparison with 2008.
- The University will also increase the proportion of purchases and procurements (measured in economic value) for which social, ethical and environmental requirements are set.
- The University will reduce the total quantity of waste by 10 per cent by 2015 in comparison with 2009.
- The University will increase the proportion of waste from which materials are recovered or which is composed by 10 per cent by 2015 in comparison with 2009.
- The University will reduce the number of incidences of chemical products included in the PRIO databases at the University by at least 15 per cent by 2015 in comparison with the result for 2009.

Deliverables
Deliverable Date
Reduce the number of incidences of chemical products included in the PRIO databases at the University by at least 15 per cent 2015
Reduce the total quantity of waste by 10 per cent 2015
Reduce carbon dioxide emissions from travel and transport by 20 per cent 2015

Resources devoted to delivery
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Expertise of students and staff concerning sustainable development
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