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Halmstad University, as well as other state agencies and authorities, has from the Government received the task of setting up an environmental management system (SOU 1996:112). We are part of the environmental management group 2000.
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.
The government has selected an environmental management system as a tool which should be used in state owned administrations and agencies.
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 of the introduction of an environmental management system is to integrate environmental considerations into the whole business operation 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 that 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).