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Climate and sustainability

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One of the university's most vital tasks is to drive the transition towards a sustainable society. We do this, among other things, by working proactively and innovatively with our research, education and collaboration, and by reducing emissions from the university's own operations.

Based on the national and international frameworks for climate and sustainability, the university has developed its own regulations and visions that describe how we should work to contribute to the achievement of the UN's global goals in Agenda 2030. On the web page about our strategic environmental and sustainability work, you can access the university's climate and environmental framework.

Key areas for climate and sustainability

Our aims, objectives and activities to contribute to sustainable development are described in our Action Plan for Climate and Sustainability for 2021–2023. On the pages for our six key areas, you will find out how we are doing.
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.

More about how we take responsibility for the future

Sustainability is our driving force and inspiration

Through our choices and actions as employees and students at the university, we become key players in order to achieve the climate and sustainability goals. This film was made in 2021, to inform and inspire our new employees. Subtitles in English are available.

Strategic environmental sustainability work

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

Latest update: 2022-10-27