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Education for environment and sustainable development

Welcome to the pages about environment and sustainable development in education. From here you can find courses and programs that focus on environment and sustainable development. We also have the toolbox that provides ideas and advice on how to integrate these topics into the courses.

KTH's Vision

One of the goals in KTH's Vision 2027 is to be one of Europe’s leading research universities in environmental science and sustainable development. KTH graduates are driving forces in the development of technology and society and KTH education stimulates independent thinking, creativity and curiosity and applies critical examination of existing technological practices. Engineers and architects identify solutions which embody both innovation and enhancement with a clear social dimension, a distinct focus on sustainability and, for some, also an artistic dimension.

Learn more about KTH's Sustainable Development Objectives for Education (intranet)

What is sustainable development?

The concept of sustainable development was defined in the Brundtland Commission's report "Our common future" published in 1987 on behalf of the UN:

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts: the concept of 'needs', in particular the essential needs of the world's poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment's ability to meet present and future needs."

One way to make the concept more concrete is to define it in terms of different dimensions, for example by talking about ecological, social and economic sustainability.

The UN's Sustainable Development Goals

UN Sustainable Development Goals logo

The Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 are the most ambitious agreement on sustainable development that world leaders have ever adopted. By choosing an education at KTH, you get great opportunities to work after graduation to develop the sustainable society of the future. At KTH, you will meet committed students and teachers who, together with you, want to drive development forward for a sustainable future.

Learn more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (

Create your own sustainability profile


With most study programmes, you can tailor your education by choosing appropriate courses within the field of environment and sustainable development. There are also programmes available that have the environment and sustainable development as their main perspective, and these are listed here.


Courses dealing with the environment, environmental engineering or sustainable development are tagged in KTH’s course and programme directory, and can therefore be searched for specifically.

Degree projects

Degree projects within the private and public sectors, and within KTH’s own operations, can be found via the KTH Exjobb Portal. You can search by subject area, such as “sustainable development”, “environmental engineering” and “energy and the environment”.

Héléne Hermansson
Héléne Hermansson
Project leader education +4687908862