University of Gothenburg


University of Gothenburg

Göteborgs universitet
Universitetsplatsen 1
405 30 Gothenburg
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Sustainability @ University of Gothenburg

Research, education and collaboration for sustainable development is a vital part of the University of Gothenburg's vision. This means that the three dimensions of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental dimensions, should be integrated into the university's activities. 


The University  committed itself to sustainable development in research, education as well as environmental management, purchase, waste disposal and chemicals etc.


Sustainable development is a vital part of the University of Gothenburg’s vision. The vision, entitled A university for the world, expresses the University’s ambition to be an international higher education and research institution that assumes responsibility for the development of society while helping to build a sustainable world. We will strengthen our relevance as a member of our community and partner to make an impact on social development and contribute to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.


  • 1993 - 1st university signatory to the COPERNICUS Charter for Sustainable Development
  • 1996 - 1st in Integrating environmental issues in Governmental Organizations
  • 1997 - 1st in Ecological sustainability
  • 1998-1998  - Implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS) according to the recommendations given by the Swedish government
  • 2000-2006 - process to receive an ISO14001 certification and an EMAS registration$

Since 2016, University of Gothenburg has become a member of Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES), a network organised by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

For more information

Environment and Sustainable Development at University of Gothenburg

Read the Sustainability Report for 2021 (in Swedish)

The University of Gothenburg leads SDG 8 of the

Latest update: 03/24/2023

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