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KTH´s campuses

"KTH´s campuses" objective includes the aspects, energy, new construction and renovation, outdoor environment, transports and waste.

Objectives 2016-2020: 

  • KTH´s campuses shall be sustainably developed and managed. Ecological and social values shall be preserved and strengthened.
  • The highest environmental performance must be sought when constructing or renovating facilities and buildings.
  • KTH´s energy consumption shall be reduced by 10 % (electricity, district heating and cooling) per fulltime employee, full-time student and per square metre.
  • The use of sustainable means of travel and transport to, from and between our campuses shall increase
  • KTH shall increase the knowledge of and have a safe and effective management of hazardous waste.
  • Appropriate conditions for sorting all relevant waste fractions should be fully available at KTH, the amount of waste per person shall decrease and the sorted waste shall increase.
  • KTH’s campuses shall be used in education, research and collaboration for sustainable development.


Ecological and social conditions shall be included in all development planning. Ecological values must be preserved and strengthened where necessary, for example, through the protection of old oak trees, the replanting of trees and the selection of plants. Buildings shall be environmentally certified to the highest class possible within reasonable economical boundaries. Energy consumption shall be reduced without compromising the indoor climate. The share of renewable and locally produced energy shall increase. Sustainable means of transportation should be encouraged by making it easier for those who cycle, walk and use public transport and to increase the share of pedestrians, cyclists and users of public transportation.

Hazardous waste, particularly chemicals, will promptly be sent for destruction. The proportion of sorted waste will increase by installing appropriate recycling receptacles on all of KTH’s premises. Sorting of organic waste and cardboard packaging will be introduced. To improve waste management, KTH will increase collaboration with landlords and restaurants on our campuses. The amount of waste shall be reduced through planning, smart purchasing and procurement and through dialogue with suppliers as well as through increased internal reuse.

Campus will be increasingly used in education and research to test new sustainable solutions while strengthening sustainable campus development.

Background

KTH operates on five different campus areas and our activities affect them and the surrounding environments in different ways, through, for example, the use of buildings, transport planning and the use of green spaces. As part of our work with previous environmental goals, procedures for environmental requirements in buildings were introduced, and energy consumption has decreased since 2012. The Campus Plan 2014 included a number of investigations related to trees and green areas on KTH Campus, these were conducted in collaboration with KTH’s landlord.

KTH generates large amounts of household waste and hazardous waste. Recycling receptacles have been surveyed, evaluated and installed in more locations. Statistics for hazardous waste have been collected and old chemicals appropriately disposed of.

Follow-up

Environmental standards in construction projects and the number of environmentally certified buildings shall be followed-up. Completed projects in conjunction to the Campus Plan 2014 and other improvement projects on the campuses related to transport and ecology and implemented joint projects with students connected to campus shall be followed-up.

Energy sources and energy use is followed up using statistics from the landlords and KTH’s own measurements. These are reported per full-time employee, full-time student and per square meter.

Follow-up of waste uses statistics from waste contractors and landlords and are reported per full-time employee equivalent and per full-time student.

New indicators for monitoring/ follow-up may also be relevant.

Responsible for follow-up: KTH Sustainability Office, Department for Building and Environment, KTH Schools

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