Our long-term ambition is to contribute to sustainable development and to sustainable use of resources.


Malmö University will contribute to long-term sustainable economic, social and environmental development. We have an important task to contribute through our teaching and research, but we also need to contribute by reducing the impact of our own operations. As a university, we have a central role in the fight against climate change and we are one of the Swedish institutions that have joined the Climate Framework for higher education institutions.

Environmental report 2022

Malmö University reports on its environmental work through an annual environmental report.

Environmental report 2022

Malmö University's environmental goals for 2021–2022

Malmö University's environmental goals for 2021-2022 focus on seven areas. 

1. Climate impact


  • Malmö University is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% by 2030, and then continuing to reduce emissions until they are close to zero.


  • To reduce emissions from business travel by at least 50% by 2024 (base year 2018)
  • Maintain 100% fossil-free electricity supply to our premises and ensure fossil-free district heating by 2022.

  • By 2022, map greenhouse gas emissions related to the purchase of IT products and services, food, consumables and construction. This data will serve as a basis for the roadmap for reducing indirect emissions.

2. Property


  • Reduce the amount of purchased energy by 1.5% per year/per sq. m, by 2025 (base year 2019).
  • Better conditions for ecosystem services in buildings and the local environment.

  • Reduce the environmental impact of renovation work and maintenance.

3. Waste and chemicals


  • To reduce the proportion of unsorted waste.
  • To reduce the amounts of, and, if possible, find substitutes for environmentally harmful substances (especially those hazardous to health) used in teaching and research.
  • To reduce the consumption of plastics, especially non-recyclable plastics.


4. Sustainable procurement and indirect environmental impact from purchasing


  • To set general environmental and social requirements in all procurements, and product/service-specific requirements in essential procurements.

5. Skills development


  • During 2021, all employees of the Joint University Administration and Services and other administrative functions must have taken part in dialogues regarding sustainability, either at a workplace meeting or on an internal course.
  • Teaching staff will be given access to tools and methods to promote sustainability in education.


6. Partners and students


  • To describe common objectives regarding Agenda 2030 and reduced climate impact in all partner agreements that are concluded.
  • Strengthen student participation in our external forums for collaboration and contribute to a common Education for Sustainable Development and climate change response.

7. Research and third-cycle education


  • To communicate our sustainability-related research, especially climate research, more clearly.
  • To increase integration of sustainability issues into third-cycle education and strategic investments in research.