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Tuesday 03 October 15:41

The University considers new climate framework

News: Jun 04, 2019

Chalmers University of Technology and KTH Royal Institute of Technology have developed a climate framework together, which describes how higher education institutions should work with adjustments to climate change. They are now calling on other universities to join the framework. The University’s management is favourable to the initiative, and has now commissioned the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV) to investigate, and to return with a recommendation whether the University should join or not.

The purpose of the climate framework is to conduct a systematic and effective adjustment to climate change, with the aim to reach the so-called 1.5-degree goal. Some important areas that affect the climate are pointed out. Besides the areas on which universities have indirect influence—such as research, education, cooperation, research impact, and students—other areas are listed that have a direct effect on the climate. These are:

  • Work related travels
  • Commuting
  • Food and restaurants
  • Use of energy
  • Property portfolio
  • Waste disposal
  • Purchase and procurement
  • Investments
  • Key areas for technology conversion

The Vice-Chancellor now wants to consider the possibilities to join theframework, and has commissioned the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV) to return with a recommendation and an impact analysis of necessary measures.

"The framework is just a framework, and the work itself lies in how the university manages every area and how we put up goals. If we are to do this, we need support in every operation about what is needed," says Eva Wiberg.

The investigation will take other national and international initiatives within the area into consideration. It will also consider efforts that already exist within the University, as well as necessary measures, and possible modifications in steering documents.

"At the University of Gothenburg, we already have many things taking place in this area. For example, we have a well-functioning environmental management system. But it’s also necessary for us to sharpen our objectives concerning the climate goal, and it can be effective to do so in cooperation with other universities," says Eva Wiberg.

The investigation and recommendations will be returned to the Vice-Chancellor by 1 September 2019.


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