KI:s environmental and sustainability management system

The aim of KI:s environmental and sustainability efforts is to strengthen and make more visible KI:s research and educational role for sustainable development, as well as to take environmental and social responsibility in the way KI as an organisation is operated.

The work is managed in a system that is being built up in accordance with the international standard for environmental management ISO 14001.

Environmental review

The purpose of the environmental review is to identify the organisation’s environmental impact and ascertain which environmental aspects have the greatest impact (“significant environmental aspects”). The review will inform the development and policies of the environmental management system going forward.

KI’s significant environmental aspects are:

  • Research
  • Higher education
  • Business travel
  • Energy consumption
  • Construction, conversions and renovations
  • Chemicals and chemical waste

KI:s environmental and sustainability guidelines

KI:s environmental and sustainability guidelines specify the overall objectives for KI:s environmental and sustainability work in a number of priority areas - research, education, energy, travel, procurement, purchasing, laboratory safety and waste.

These guidelines are KI:s environmental policy:

  • Through research and education contribute with knowledge on health and sustainable development
  • Use energy efficiently and in the future become climate-neutral
  • Reduce the climate impact of our business trips
  • Set environmental and ethical requirements for our procurements and purchasing
  • Minimize the health and environmental risks in the laboratory activities
  • Sort waste at source and reduce the amount of waste

KI rules

KI:s university-wide rules constitute an important part of the environmental and sustainability management system:

Departments can, if necessary, develop complementing department specific rules, instructions and checklists. Read more about KI:s Rules and guidelines in the link box on this page.

Please note! Departments are responsible for ensuring that current versions of KI and local rules are communicated and applied at the department.


All employees at KI should be aware of the overall objectives of KI:s environmental and sustainability work (KI:s environmental and sustainability guidelines) and the KI rules relating to their own work. It is thus important that new employees at each department are introduced to this work. The presentation "Introduction to Environment and Sustainable development" can be used for this purpose.

Completion of induction training should be documented and archived according to the departments' procedures.

There are more courses, managed by the Environment, Safety and Security Unit.

Laws and legislative compliance

Laws, ordinances and regulations that are relevant to KI:s environmental and sustainability work are gathered in a webb based list (Laglista). The list is also a tool for monitoring legislative compliance. User name: Karolinska Institutet, Password: k4r0l1nsk4)

Internal environmental audits

In order to have a systematic environmental and sustainability work, KI strive to build a management system for environment and sustainable development that is certifiable according to the international standard ISO 14001.

As part of this work, internal environmental audits are performed, to check that we follow KI's environmental and sustainability guidelines, and that we follow procedures, applicable legal requirements, and the requirements of the ISO 14001 standard. KI is also required by law to perform internal environmental audits annually. KI's entire organization is to be audited over a three-year period, which means that each department is visited by the internal environmental auditor at least every three years.

Deviation management

Deviations, events that affect or risk affecting the environment around us, must as a rule be investigated, remedied and followed up locally.

KI has implemented a web-based incident reporting system where deviations within work environment and safety / environment must be reported. Incidents that are reported can be used to implement improvements for those who work or study at KI.


Environmental coordinators

More information for logged in staff

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