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Environment and sustainable development at KTH

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.

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Blocks of foam are lined up to show how petroleum based foams degrade after heat exposure
From left to right, foam materials consisting of whey, polyurethane, polystyrene, polyethylene and polystyrene. The top row represents unexposed materials and the bottom row represents the materials exposed to 150 degree air for one month.

From milk protein, a plastic foam that gets better in a tough environment

From milk protein, a plastic foam that gets better in a tough environment

A new high-performance plastic foam developed from whey proteins can withstand extreme heat better than many common thermoplastics made from petroleum...

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Portrait of Karim Engelmark Cassimjee
“When we can get enzymes to work in a factory environment, this will open up a whole world of new products – when you think of all the materials found in nature, we will no longer be locked into a handful of chemical product materials. One vision I have is to be able to replace environmentally harmful parts of concrete production, a major climate villain, with natural materials", says business leader Karim Engelmark Cassimjee, KTH Alumnus of the Year 2021.

KTH Alum of the Year 2021 wants to make the chemical industry green

“We aim to revolutionise the chemical engineering sector,” says Karim Engelmark Cassimjee, winner of the KTH Alum of the Year Award 2021.

KTH campus at night.
Goals in which KTH ranked among the top 20 worldwide were Partnerships for the Goals (seventh), Climate Action (seventh), and Sustainable Cities (20th).

KTH among world top 50 in sustainability impact, seventh in EU

Times Higher Education announced its Impact Rankings today, naming KTH Royal Institute of Technology 41st among the 1,001 institutions evaluated.

KTH among world top 50 in sustainability impact, seventh in EU

Two pellets, one translucent and golden, the other opaque and dark blue.
Before and after. An all-lignocellulose hydrogel before (left) and after it has adsorbed methylene blue from an aqueous solution. Photo: Giuseppe Melilli

Water purification with help from a microwave oven

Researchers at KTH have developed a more eco-friendly way to remove heavy metals, dyes and other pollutants from water.

Webinar May 28

Webinar: KTH's university-wide sustainability and climate objectives

KTH shall be a leading technical university working towards sustainable development, equality and climate change adaption and a climate-neutral society.

Welcome to a webinar to learn more about KTH's new sustainability and climate objectives and how we will work to reach them.

Sustainability events at KTH

Environment and sustainable development at KTH  

New sustainability objectives for KTH

Sustainable, equal and climate neutral. These three words summarise KTH’s new sustainable development and climate objectives.

New sustainability objectives for KTH

UN Sustainable Development Goals and Education at KTH

Logo circle of UN Sustainable developmet goals "Leave no one behind"

It is important that all students graduate from KTH with the knowledge and tools they need to be able to contribute to a sustainable social development. See KTH's programme descriptions to know more about how each education links to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Learn more about sustainable development and KTH education

Reports on objectives 2015-2020

KTH overall sustainability objectives

Results and examples of what KTH has done to achieve the overall sustainability objectives 2015-2020.

News about sustainable development and KTH


Questions about KTH's environmental management system?

Questions about environment or sustainability in research, education or collaboration at KTH?