Education and research are the University of Gothenburg’s most important contributions to sustainable development, and the University aims to become a European leader in the area. The University offers a broader range of courses and study programmes related to the environment and sustainable development than any other Swedish higher education institution, and environmental research is conducted in a large number of subject areas.
The University of Gothenburg is well established on the world stage for climate research. When the UN climate panel IPCC published the last parts of its fifth large synthesis report on climate change, three of the main authors were professors at the University of Gothenburg: Deliang Chen, Ulf Molau and Thomas Sterner.
The Centre for Environment and Sustainability is operated jointly by the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology with an aim to promote research, education and cooperation in the area of environment and sustainable development.
The Centre initiates, carries out, administers and supports multidisciplinary projects and initiatives within environment and sustainable development.
The University of Gothenburg offers a wide range of courses and study programmes related to environment and sustainable development – covering everything from behavioural science and sustainable business studies to environmental education and oceanography. These courses and study programmes are marked with special symbols. Orange symbols indicate a sustainability focus. If a symbol is white, the course/programme is sustainability related.
The University has several student groups actively engaged in sustainable development. In 2014, several restaurants at the University introduced meat-free days, and a group of students from the School of Business, Economics and Law carried out a field study on sustainable development in Albania, the results of which were later presented during the Almedalen Week.
In 2004, the University of Gothenburg became the first university in the world to be environmentally certified under both ISO14001 and EMAS. In the over 10 years that have passed, the University has reduced its energy consumption and carbon footprint, a number of PhD/research schools have been formed and courses and study programmes have been sustainability labelled.
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