The Climate Framework
To achieve the climate goals of the Paris Agreement that Sweden and other countries have committed to, greenhouse gas emissions must be halved approximately every ten years. What this means for society is rapid transformation. Higher education institutions have a central role in this work: while we can contribute through our education, research and collaboration, we also need to reduce the climate impact of our activities, such as business travel, energy use and procurement.
Dalarna University joined the climate network that was established in 2019 as part of collaboration with other higher education institutions in Sweden.
Together, we have committed to the following:
- We will through education, research and external engagement help society as a whole to achieve set targets.
- We will work to reduce our own climate impact in line with society's commitment as expressed in national and international agreements.
- We will, based on our HEI-specific conditions, set up far-reaching goals for climate-related work and also allocate resources so that we can achieve these targets and conduct follow-up.
- We will clearly communicate our climate-related work to inspire and spread knowledge to other organisations and members of society.
Climate Network for Higher Education Institutions in Sweden
In 2019, most Swedish higher education institutions joined the climate framework, which was an initiative put forward by Chalmers University of Technology and KTH Royal Institute of Technology. In 2021, an expert group for collaboration at SUHF (Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions) took over responsibility. Now, all higher education institutions that are members of SUHF are included in the framework. To assist in the work, a collection of examples is available that describe key areas of climate impact within the higher education sector and examples of measures.
You can read more about the network on the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) website.