KIB takes new steps towards sustainability - vegetarianism is now standard
In 2018, KIB introduced vegetarianism as the norm, ie that vegetarian food would be the default alternative instead of the other way around when it comes to staff activities and other activities that involve food. Since September 2020, vegetarian food has instead become the standard for all food paid for by the workplace.
In 2019, we carried out an evaluation that showed untapped opportunities for reduced climate impact. Therefore, in the autumn of 2020, KIB chose to remove the option of eating other than vegetarian when eating at the workplace (paid for by the employer). In this way, the responsibility is placed with the organisation instead of the individual, which is a much fairer approach. It will also be "easy to do the right thing", which is something that KIB advocates in all our services.
Making vegetarian food standard is in line with recommendations from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Livsmedelsverket and a number of research studies, such as The EAT-Lancet Commission. This is also in line with KI's guide to sustainable events.
It should of course be noted that vegetarian alone does not meet all the criteria needed for a meal to be in line with climate impact limits, but eating vegetarian is one of the easiest ways to reduce climate impact, without it becoming too much of a major concern for individuals, restaurants or catering companies. Of course, when you order, you should always strive to also order locally produced, seasonal and organic, where possible.
The work with the environment and sustainability at KI is clearly shown in the established Strategy 2030, which is inspired by Agenda 2030 and the global goals. KI president Ole Petter Ottersen highlights sustainability in every other blog post, for example in the First KI research conference on health and sustainable development. There are also directives that all departments (and the equivalent) must take their responsibility and integrate the environment and sustainability into their entire operations. Sustainability must be seen in business plans and in business reports. It's also important that it's not only talk, and no action. You need to show your reduced impact by numbers and calculations.
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Sustainable activities and guidelines at KIB
- At digital events or user surveys, we have in 2020 issued promo codes for the Karma app where you can save leftover food and thereby reduce food waste.
- All employees at KIB have the opportunity to choose a Fairphone as a work phone. Fairphone has a significantly lower environmental impact than other mobile phones, such as recycled materials, modular, repairable design and replaceable battery with long life.
- KIB is an active party in the planning group for KI Sustainability Day - an annual day to draw attention to various aspects of sustainability. In 2019, the theme was Sustainable food and the theme 2020 was Sustainable consumption. In 2020, the entire Sustainability Day was held online due to COVID-19.
- KIB conducts bibliometric analyzes of research in relation to sustainability. We conduct systematic reviews in this area for KI researchers.
- In our professional skills training initiatives, we have had lunch lectures, staff meetings and study materials on the environment and sustainability, where employees are encouraged to deepen their knowledge in the area.
- KIB provides the opportunity for a central and open space to present research on sustainability through exhibitions and lectures, which has been used a number of times.
- KIB is currently the place where the 17 cubes about the UN's global goals are located (in Flemingsberg). The cubes are used to draw attention to the global goals, and are moved around for different events. The cubes can be booked and used by everyone at KI.
- KIB encourages students to scan instead of printing. KIB encourages employees to read material on digital tools instead of printing.
- When KIB plans for potential conferences, all conferences are given a CO2 figure to demonstrate what the conference will mean in carbon dioxide emissions from travel and subsistence. The conferences in Europe that can be traveled to by train will have a green label with Train possible. Attending a conference online is encouraged!
- KIB strives to reuse furniture and materials as much as possible. In new purchases, priority is given to sustainable materials.
- When procuring, we follow KI's guidelines on sustainable procurement at a minimum
- KIB buys plantbased milk alternatives for our organic coffee.
- KIB recycles as far as possible.
- KIB plans to review technology purchases and plan strategic measures to extend the life of existing technology or perhaps rethink purchase of new technology.