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Climate and sustainability

One of Umeå University's most vital tasks is to meet the ever-changing demands and expectations of society and work towards building a sustainable society. The university also has a high ambition to contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals of the 2030 Agenda and the climate targets of the Paris Agreement.

Using a proactive and innovative approach, Umeå University takes action for a sustainable society. The university contributes with research, education, new solutions and dissemination of knowledge as well as reduces emissions from the university’s own activities. This to achieve Sweden’s long-term target of having zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 at the latest.

Umeå University has also signed the Climate Framework for Higher Education Institutions.

Sustainability in numbers until 2020

96 programmes
in education have sustainable development in their qualitative targets
59 per cent
of our scientific articles contribute to the sustainable development goals
144 kWh/m2
was the university's average energy consumption in 2020
51 per cent
of procurements and purchases set environmental requirements in 2020

Key areas for climate and sustainability

Umeå University’s aims, objectives and activities to contribute to sustainable development are described in the university’s Action Plan for Climate and Sustainability for 2021–2023, which has been sectioned into the following six key areas.
Education and students

Education is the university’s most important contributor to a sustainable transition of society.

Research and utilisation

New knowledge is a condition for meeting the challenges of society and making a sustainable transition.

Purchase, procurement and investments

Setting requirements when purchasing and procuring helps the university to reduce its climate impact.

Property and campus

Sharing services and climate-friendly solutions can optimise energy consumption and increase utilisation.

Meetings and travels

The university works actively to increase travel-free meetings and develop the forms for meetings.

Chemicals and waste management

By limiting the spread of dangerous substances, the university contributes to sustainable development.

Read more about Umeå University's environmental sustainability work

Strategic environmental sustainability work

Learn more about Umeå University’s sustainability work through the Environmental Policy and other frameworks.