Sustainability Objectives and Targets


The sustainability objectives are based on Chalmers' mission, and aim to go from words to actions. They should contribute both towards a sustainable development of society, and an environmentally friendly organisation with positive, innovative examples on campus.

Sustainable development is a central part of Chalmers’ vision and a driving force for our areas of advance due to the fact that, as a technical university, we have a significant mission to provide solutions to educate young people so that they can contribute to a global sustainable society.  Through our areas of advance, we gather expertise and power to work with other players in society to take on large and complex societal challenges and to make a real difference.

The sustainability objectives are divided according to Chalmers’ processes and overall objectives within the areas education, research, utilisation and internal environment. In addition, there is a process-spanning area for the driving force of sustainable development, which provides the sustainability effort with extra height and definition. It aims to increase understanding and reflection on sustainable development for employees at Chalmers, in order to take the next big step in Chalmers' sustainability effort. An activity contributing to this is developing the meaning of Chalmers’ vision in dialogue with the organisation.

The societal shift that is needed to achieve sustainable development will take place during our current students’ professional careers. The sustainability objectives in education are therefore concerned with ensuring that all programmes have learning objectives relating to sustainable development, and contain both separate and integrated sustainability aspects and content of good quality. One of the activities during 2015 is to further strengthen the introduction of sustainable development for our students.

In the challenge of building a society for 10 billion people within the planet’s ability, it is difficult to see that any research area at Chalmers would be irrelevant. Several of the sustainability goals for our research are therefore concerned with understanding and reflection. Among other things, the possibility of extending the training package Generic and Transferable Skills is being examined, so that the course on research ethics and sustainable development is not given only to doctoral students, but also to postdocs and research assistants. Additionally, we are continuing to work with developing Chalmers’ campuses into test beds for innovative transportation and energy solutions.

Sustainability goals for utilisation include communication of Chalmers-based education, research and utilisation, collaboration agreements and our support system for innovation. An example of an activity to take place during 2015 is following up and evaluating how sustainability is taken into account in the strategic COINS collaborations between the university and industry.

In the area of internal environment, we find sustainability objectives and activities for energy, travelling and transportation, procurement, campus development and the environmental management system, in order to reduce the environmental impact from our operations, and to create a sustainable campus with positive and inspiring examples.

The overarching sustainability objectives at Chalmers for the period 2015-2019 have been set by the President Karin Markides.

Published: Wed 27 Dec 2017.