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Title: Universities as role models for sustainability: a case study on implementation of University of Gothenburg climate strategy, results and experiences from 2011 to 2015

Authors: Eddi Omrcen; Ullika Lundgren; Marianne Dalbro

Addresses: Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Gothenburg, Box 170, SE 40530 Gothenburg, Sweden ' Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Gothenburg, Box 170, SE 40530 Gothenburg, Sweden ' Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Gothenburg, Box 170, SE 40530 Gothenburg, Sweden

Abstract: This paper undertakes the concept of universities as role models for sustainability, regenerative sustainability and universities as living laboratories through a case study from University of Gothenburg and the implementation of the climate strategy. The climate strategy is a comprehensive university-wide strategy, including collaboration between faculty, administration and management, as well as with external stakeholders. With the support of its environmental management system (EMS), the University of Gothenburg manages climate action with a systematic approach, both in implementation and follow-up. This creates opportunities for technical solutions and social learning processes, and allows the University of Gothenburg to serve as a living laboratory and a role model for sustainability. The climate strategy was initiated 2011 and by the end of 2015 the target to reduce total carbon emissions by 20% was almost reached with a reduction of 18.5% compared with the baseline year 2008. The total energy use was reduced by 19%. These results were achieved even though the university revenues, staff/employees as well as students has increased from the year 2008 to 2015.

Keywords: EMS; environmental management system; climate strategy; living laboratory; interdependent approach.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISD.2018.089254

International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 2018 Vol.12 No.1/2, pp.156 - 182

Available online: 24 Dec 2017 *

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