Karlstad University strives to contribute to sustainable development. Environmental thinking must permeate all our activities. We have therefore introduced an environmental management system and annual environmental goals.
These goals include taking environmental aspects into account in all education and research, making environment-friendly purchases and journeys, reducing the amount of paper and chemicals used and training the staff in environmental issues. The environmental management system is a way of achieving a better overview of environmental issues in order to involve all sections of the organization in the work.
The University’s environmental policy provides the focus for our environmental work and the drive to achieve ongoing improvements. The aim is to take an active and targeted approach to achieving gradual improvements in the situation concerning our impact on the environment. A new environmental policy is drawn up every third year. An environmental committee has also been set up.
A long-term strategy for sustainable travel was drawn up in 2003. The aim is to halt the increase in travel by private car and boost the proportion of more environmentally friendly methods of travelling to and from the University, like public transport, cycling and car-sharing.
We have introduced a comprehensive waste-sorting system. Eco-stations are located all around the University. Most waste paper baskets have been removed and replaced by units made to our own design for separating waste at source. The aim is for as much as possible of the University’s waste to be sent for recycling, and to reduce the number of waste consignments.
Reduced Paper and Energy Consumption
The University has set itself a target of reducing paper consumption, for example by making increased use of double-sided copying and printing. We also aim to reduce our energy consumption by ten per cent in five years.