Environment and sustainable development
KTH contributes to sustainable development by providing educational programmes, conducting research and by interacting with the surrounding community. Through its activities, KTH also impacts the environment in practical terms through the consumption of materials and water, energy and chemicals, travel and transport and construction, and indirectly through purchasing and procurement.
Technical development is essential for sustainable development. It is also the driving force of KTH research and education. Future engineers must be able to develop new products, services and systems that contribute to sustainable development. Technological development alone is not sufficient, technical solutions must be applied so that sustainability potential is fully utilised. Research and education must establish a holistic approach in which use is integrated into a life cycle mindset.
KTH has chosen to divide the strategic and practical work into two areas: KTH-Sustainability and Sustainable Campus where KTH-Sustainability is responsible for teaching, research and co-operation; and where Sustainable Campus is responsible for the university’s internal environmental management.