News from KTH Sustainability Office March 2020
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News from KTH Sustainability Office
- Working remotely
- External environmental audit 20-21 April
- KTH's report to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
- KTH's climate goals and measures
- KTH included in 17 of the 100 most innovative research projects
- MOOCs in sustainable development
- Call: Environment and sustainability without boundaries
- Call for education projects 2020 in gender equality and sustainable development
- Available positions at KTH
- Don't miss this!
Take care of each other and don't forget to call your mom (and other important people in your life).
All the best
KTH Sustainability Office
There are tools to make your work at home possible.The tools and services we provide for working at home are listed below.
Please keep in mind that all resources have their limitations. Check for the latest operational status if some of the remote access services and tools are not working properly: Operational status for employees
- Services for working remotely: Working remotely
- Tools for meetings and communication: Videoconferencing
- Tools for e-learning tools for KTH's courses: E-learning tools at KTH
Läs mer IT-supporten arbetar för högtryck
External Environmental Audit 20-21 April
KTH is certified according to the international standard ISO 14001: 2015 for environmental management systems. In accordance to ISO 15001, the annual external audit will be conducted by the external auditors from Qvalify the 20-21 April. The auditors will be assessing and following up on the maintenance and development of KTH's environmental management system and progress on achieving our sustainability objectives. All schools and the GVS are included in the external audit.
KTH's report to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
Each year KTH reports a variety of indicators pertaining to our work with sustainability to The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. This year we have both positive and negative indicators to report. In many areas we are moving forward while in other areas we are going in the wrong direction:
- The number of environment or sustainability labelled courses increased.
- Indicators for scientific publications and funding linked to sustainable development increased.
- The proportion of faculty positions that have a clear link to sustainable development in the subject or subject description has increased reversing the declining trend we have seen the past few years.
- The indicator for KTH's visibility in the media regarding sustainable development continues to increase. In 2019, international visibility has increased.
- For the first time in many years carbon dioxide emissions from our business travels has decreased. The decrease is by 12 percent per employee between 2018 and 2019. It is important that we continue following this trend to reach our goal of reducing emissions by 20 percent between 2015 and 2020. So far, they have increased by 5 percent since 2015.
- The share of procurements including environmental requirements in relation to the total number of procurements has fallen. KTH purchases a variety of products and services and in many of these procurements, sustainability requirements can be set.
- Investments and donation capital managed by KTH are 99.46 per cent fossil free.
Read the full report to The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency here (Swedish)
Learn more about KTH's Climate objectives and measures here
Learn more about the action plan to reduce emissions from business travel here (Swedish)
KTH's Climate objectives and measures 2020-2045
KTH has developed climate objectives and measures for 2020-2045. The ambition is for KTH to combat climate change and support a sustainable transition in line with society's national and international commitments such as the Paris Agreement, Agenda 2030, Sweden's Energy and Climate targets. The development of objectives and measures for KTH serves to reduce our own climate impact and ensure that KTH core business and operations contribute to the achievement of society's goals.
The climate objectives and measures will directly affect KTH's employees and students, as well as KTH's property owners, business partners, financiers and other external partners where so is relevant.
Learn more about KTH's Climate objectives and measures
KTH included in 17 of the 100 most innovative research projects
Out of IVA:s prestigious 100-list, 17 research projects come from KTH. IVA highlights Swedish research projects, this year with a special focus on sustainable development. The projects on the list all have potential of creating impact in a foreseeable future. Read all about it here.
MOOCs in sustainable development
Registration is open to three MOOCs in sustainable development from KTH on EdX. They are free, open for all, no prior knowledge and can be pursued in the safe haven of your home.
Call: Environment and sustainability without boundaries
- Exploring Sustainable Development, Course start 17 March: More information and registration
- Sustainable Development: Solutions and Trends, course start 31 March : More information and registration
- Enforcing Sustainable Development, Course start 7 april: More information and registration
Apply now for funding to enhance transdisciplinary collaborations in environment and sustainable development (ESD) at KTH. KTH Sustainability Office is looking for project applications that support multidisciplinary collaborations within KTH with relevance to environment and sustainable development. Funding of maximum SEK 100 000 per project is available and will be disbursed during 2020. Learn more about the call here. Call for education projects 2020 in gender equality and sustainable development
We now welcome suggestions from schools for such educational initiatives. We believe that the program analyses and school reports that are linked to the quality system identify many development needs. Through these investments, there is now an opportunity to finance relevant projects to some extent. Learn more about the call here.
Available positions at KTH Doctoral student in Digital technologies for sustainable behaviour
Here is a list of open positions at KTH related to sustainability:
Postdoctoral fellow in separation processes for resource recovery
Postdoc in self-assembly of 2D nanomaterials for next-generation batteries
Doctoral student in power electronics
Postdoc in optimal scheduling of hydro power with multiple owners
Don't miss this!
*Events subject to change. Please note that updates will be announced by the organizers.
23 mars: Kick-off LGBTQI+ Group
25 mars: Bilstadens liv och död – en framtidsspaning
27 mars: The global energy system through a prism of change
2 april: Engineering Sustainable Fashion - KTH Sustainability Pub night
14 april: Kan konsumtionen bli klimatneutral genom kompensation?
23 april: Safety, resilience and community: Challenges and opportunities beyond the city
6 maj: Symposium om målkonflikten mellan cirkulär ekonomi och giftfri miljö
* Information from KTH regarding the corona virus - How to stay updated
Sex enkla steg mot ett mer klimatsmart kylskåp (DN.se)
Hur mår de svenska klimatforskarna egentligen? (DN.se)
Svinnkollen – elever deltar i forskning för att minska matsvinn (v-a.se)
Sopförbränning står för allt större del av koldioxidutsläppen från värmeverk (SR.se)
Forskaren om köpstopp: En trend som ökar (SR.se)