The environmental impact

KTH's research, education and collaboration with society contribute to sustainable development. KTH activities also impact the environment through the consumption of materials and water, energy and chemicals, travel and transport and construction, and indirectly through purchasing and procurement.

KTH significant environmental aspects

Environmental impacts can be direct and indirect and positive or negative. An environmental review of KTH operations has been conducted to identify the areas where KTH has the greatest environmental impact. Based on the review an evaluation has been made to identify KTH’s most significant environmental impacts.

KTH’s significant environmental aspects:

  • Education
  • Research
  • Collaboration
  • Waste
  • Management of Chemicals
  • Travel and transport
  • Energy use
  • Purchasing and Procurement
  • Construction, renovation and facility planning
  • KTH´s campuses
  • Donation and foundation management

KTH's Sustainable Development Objectives have been set for the most important areas.

What does ISO14001 say?

Environmental aspects
Environmental aspects are elements of an organizations activities that can have environment impacts. Operations can affect surrounding air, water, land, natural resources, flora, fauna, humans and their interaction. An aspect that causes or may cause significant environmental impacts is called a significant environmental aspect.

Direct aspects occur within the organization for example through the generation of waste or through energy use. Indirect aspects occur in other organizations, but are affected by our activities, for example environmental impact of goods and services that we purchase or the outcomes of teaching and research. Although indirect impacts are more difficult to describe and quantify than the direct, they generally have greater environmental  impacts and are therefore essential to involve in our work.

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