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Through its business operations, Halmstad University has a major responsibility for environmental issues including striving towards a sustainable society. We see the establishment of environmental management as an important part of the regular business of the University. The University reports on an annual basis to The National Agency for Higher Education and the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency with regards to its environmental work.
Environmental management systems involve the systematisation of environmental work with clear guidelines and goals involving such aspects as central governing documents, clear descriptions of areas of responsibility, routines for follow-up together with the auditing and accounting of results.
The essential point with the introduction of an environmental management system is to integrate environmental considerations into the whole business operations and in such a way enhance the University's environmental performance. This should be implemented through continuously raising the levels of ambition, establishing new goals and taking further measures.
The environmental management work should be followed up and documented so that the Swedish Parliament and government can show the results of the environmental work involving state agencies and authorities. The documentation should therefore focus on goals, the fulfilment of these goals and continuous improvements which have been made.
The essence of the University's environmental management system is increasing positive environmental impacts arising from the core business operations (indirect environmental impact) as well as reducing the negative environmental impact derived form the maintenance of the business operations (direct environmental impact).