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University of Gothenburg is internationally recognised for its work on sustainability issues in education and research. We strive to further develop and strengthen our sustainability efforts and increase our relevance as a societal actor and collaborative partner, thereby contributing to Agenda 2030 and the global goals for sustainable development, encompassing economic, social, and ecological dimensions.

Research that contributes to solutions

The university conducts outstanding research in various subjects and areas related to sustainability and the environment. This can include everything from energy, antibiotic resistance, transportation, aquaculture, to different aspects of human consumption and resource distribution.

Hundreds of scientific publications addressing sustainable development issues are published each year.

Would you like to contribute to making the world more sustainable? We offer a wide range of courses and programmes in various subject areas that equip you with the knowledge to become part of the solution to global problems.

Sustainability-labeled programmes

Our sustainability labelling is based on criteria that reflect the multidimensional concept of sustainable development.

More about our sustainability labelling and criteria

These programmes have a focus on sustainability. The programmes are designed to fit into at least one of our 10 sustainability criteria. For you as a student, the sustainability label means guidance, quality assurance and a guarantee that the programmes contain a pronounced perspective on sustainability.

In these programmes, issues related to sustainability are addressed. The content of the programmes fits into at least one of our 10 sustainability criteria. For you as a student, the sustainability label means guidance, quality assurance, and a guarantee that the programmes contain a pronounced sustainability perspective.

Get involved during your study period

As a student, you have many opportunities to get involved in the university's sustainability efforts. You can join a student-led sustainability association, be part of the internal environmental audit, or contribute with a student perspective in a committee at your faculty or department.

Sustainability - an important part of our vision

Sustainable development is an integral part of the university's vision. The vision ”A university for the world”, spanning from 2021 to 2030, expresses the University of Gothenburg’s commitment to being an internationally responsible institution that contributes to a sustainable world. We aim to strengthen our relevance as a societal actor and collaboration partner, making an impact on societal development and contributing to the global sustainable development goals.

Leading in environmental management

The University of Gothenburg is certified according to the international standard for environmental management system ISO 14001 and registered under the EU equivalent EMAS. This means that the university continuously works to improve its operations to reduce negative environmental impact and enhance positive impact for sustainable development through education, research, and collaboration.

A climate-neutral organisation by 2045

We actively work to reduce the university’s climate impact. Our goal is to decrease our carbon dioxide emissions in two steps. By 2023, we aim to reduce our emissions by 25 percent compared to 2019, and by 2029, emissions should be halved. Our long-term goal is to be climate-neutral by 2045, aligning with Sweden’s overall objective adopted by the Swedish parliament.

To measure our carbon dioxide emissions, we have developed a digital tool called the Carbon Intelligence System, which shows emissions per organisational unit. This tool enables university managers to monitor and analyse emissions from different activities.

The University of Gothenburg has an internal cost for carbon offsetting related to air travel. The cost finances an internal climate fund that implements measures for sustainable development.

The university’s vision

The University of Gothenburg’s vision demonstrates what the university aims to be and the fundamental core values on which its activities rest. It serves as the foundation for the university’s objectives and strategic planning.