University of Gothenburg

Environmental work

Kristineberg Center is environmentally certified in accordance with ISO 14001. Through our environmental management system, we work strategically, systematically and goal-oriented to improve our environmental performance, reduce negative environmental impact and strengthen our work in sustainable development and thereby achieve the ambitions in the University of Gothenburg's Vision 2021–2030 and the University's environmental policy.

Environmental management system and certification

The University of Gothenburg is environmentally certified according to the ISO14001 standard. Our environmental management system is a tool for working strategically and systematically with the environment and sustainable development and meeting the requirements of the standard.

Local environmental work

At Kristineberg, we work with various specific activities to achieve the goals. The activities are developed jointly in the local sustainability group following suggestions from all employees. The activity list is followed up and reported annually to the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV) which is responsible for the central coordination of the environmental management system.

Environmental handbooks

There are routines common for all departments concerning, for example, handling of chemicals and waste in order to decrease the risk of negative environmental impact.

For the environmental work at Kristineberg there is also a need for special routines concerning ships, aquaria, sampling and foreign species for example.

Laboratory work

Lab rules at Kristineberg

University of Gothenburg's Chemical Database

Environmental audits

Every year, both internal and external environmental audits are carried out at various parts of the university. Kristineberg is revised every three years. In the audits, the operations are examined from several perspectives. Do we meet the legal requirements? Do we meet the standard requirements? Do we follow our own documented routines?

Environmental coordination

Each department or unit has one or two environmental coordinators in the Faculty Environmental Council. The environmental coordinators work with the activities that ultimately aims at reaching the environmental goals. From Kristineberg Lars Ljungqvist participates in the council.

Local sustainability group

At Kristineberg, the local environmental coordination group works to handle local environmental and sustainability issues, such as creating the environmental activity list together with other employees at the centre.

Local nature conservation group

At Kristineberg, the local nature conservation group works to protect local marine populations, such as protecting sensitive benthic habitats from overexploitation in connection with the impact of research-related activities.