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Environment, climate and sustainability at Stockholm University

Sustainable development is central to Stockholm University and we work actively–through education, research and collaboration–to achieve the goals of UN’s Agenda 2030. We are the first Swedish university to commit to mobilising resources for climate research under the UN’s Climate Summit.

Agenda 2030 encompasses 17 global targets for tackling societal challenges, agreed upon by all UN member states. Stockholm University has committed to working actively to achieve these targets.

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With its foundation in strong and wide-ranging research into different aspects of social, economic and environmental sustainability, the University will further strengthen and broaden its collaborations with the business world, politics and civil society so we can achieve the sustainable development goals together.

How Stockholm University is working toward Agenda 2030 goals


Research and collaboration on sustainability

At Stockholm University, we conduct research linked to the sustainable development goals every day. Reaching these goals depends on different sectors of society working together.

Stockholm University’s Sustainability Forum – Hållbarhetsforum – is a recurring arena for dialogue, networking, and the exchange of knowledge and experience. The purpose of Hållbarhetsforum is to create a platform for networking, sharing experiences and developing future collaborations between the academic, business, political and not-for-profit sectors.

About Hållbarhetsforum – Stockholm University’s Sustainability Forum

Stockholm University has many research profile areas where the environment and sustainable development play a central role: Climate, Seas and Environment; Economics and the Environment; Power, Democracy & Welfare; Internationalisation & Migration; and Worlds & Conditions of Children and Youth. 

Stockholm University, along with seven other European universities, is a member of Civis, a part of the EU’s European University initiative. Under Civis, Stockholm University coordinates a collaboration hub focused on climate, environment and energy.

Stockholm University was also the first Swedish university to commit to mobilising resources under the UN’s Climate Summit: for climate research and skills development for change; for becoming carbon neutral between 2030 and 2050; and for developing cross-disciplinary environmental and sustainability education.


Sustainability in education

Sustainability will continue to be featured and strengthened in the University’s education. Sustainability is a part of much of the University’s education and is central to many courses and programmes. To increase awareness and interest, the University has increased communications aimed at improving the visibility of such education.

The University strives to be a leader in both education and research on the environment and sustainable development. This is reflected, among other metrics, in the international ranking for Environmental Science (QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education).

Read more about how Stockholm University is ranked in subjects like environmental science


The university’s environmental initiatives

Stockholm University works systematically with environmental issues and follows the environmental management standards of ISO 14001. Stewardship of the environment is also a part of everyday work as the University continuously endeavours to reduce negative impacts and be a force for change. We "practice what we preach" and all of our employees play a role.

The University is conscious about environmental issues and strives to be a role model within higher education. We work actively to create efficient facilities and environments that promote collaboration, interaction and sustainability.

Read more about Stockholm University’s Environmental Policy (in swedish)

The university's path towards carbon dioxide neutrality 2040

Stockholm University's goal is to be carbon neutral by 2040. As part of the work, the university has developed a climate roadmap that highlights proposals for measures and goal formulations.

Read more in the university's climate roadmap

Environmental council and senior advisor to the president

The Environmental Council is one of the president’s advisory bodies and supports the university in its work with environmental issues. Prof. Magnus Breitholtz, Head of the Department of Environmental Science, is the chairperson.
The Environmental Council is responsible for developing, maintaining and documenting Stockholm University’s environmental management system. It is also responsible for reporting on the performance of the systematic environmental work and suggesting improvements to the university leadership. Additionally, the council advises the president on issues surrounding environmental work.
“Sustainability is not a separate issue, it must be integrated into everything we do”, says Johan Kuylenstierna, Senior Advisor to the President on Sustainable Development.

Five senior advisors to the president with different areas of responsibility


Agenda 2030

Office of the President and Communications Office


Hållbarhetsforum (Sustainability Forum)

Communications Office and Office for Research, Engagement and Innovation Services


Environmental guidance

Miljörådet and Property Management Office


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