Routines for the environmental work, dept of Zoology

The department of Zoology have established routines to help us in the environmental work. You find more environmental information at
If you have any questions you can tank to the environmental representative at the department, Anna Favati (room D523).


Business trips form a large part of our negative environmental effects and you can help decrease this by choosing best possible travel alternative, for example train. For business trips shorter than 500 km, we should chose train over air. Train stations are – in opposite to airports – usually centrally located in the city, which means the time delay compared to travel with air is not necessarily large.

It is important to always book your business travels via travel agency BCD Travel (Phone no 08-555 128 96). We acquire statistics on our travelling from the travel agency, which is an important tool in our work to decrease negative environmental effects of travelling. Stockholm University have chosen to CO2 compensate air travel, and that is automatically included when you order your travel via BCD. You find Stockholm University travel advice here.

Alternatives to travelling are travel-free meetings, video conferences etc. As an employee you have free access to hold web meetings using the tool Adobe Connect (Medarbetarwebben,

Renting a car

Most car renting companies also offers “green” vehicles, for example the Statoil station at Frescati. Decrease the negative environmental effects of business travelling by renting one of those.


Several Taxi companies have green vehicles; in the area of Stockholm for example Taxikurir and Taxi 020. When you call for taxi, ask to get a green vehicle (“miljöbil” or “miljötaxi”).


It is easy to recycle at the Zoological institution. There are bins for paper close by copying machines and printers, and you find bins for coloured and non-coloured glass, plastic, metal and cardboard in the lunch room at floor 4. Right outside the kitchen there are containers for light bulbs, low-energy lamps, batteries and deposit cans/bottles.

You take all other waste to the environmental station in Arrheniuslaboratorerna, house A-C, floor 2 (outside the SU-shop). You are responible for that your waste is properly recycled. Visit SUs waste management site for more info.


When you purchase material, equipment and service for your business, you should consider environmental friendly and organic alternatives. In Sweden, we have several labels for environmental friendly and organic materials and services. The most common are:

  • The swan – A Nordic organic label by SIS Miljömärkningar AB on behalf of the government.
  • Bra miljöval – The environmental label by Svenska Naturskyddsföreningen.
  • Fairtrade – Guaranties better working- and living conditions for employed and farmers in third world countries.
  • The EU Flower – The common European environmental label
  • KRAV – A Swedish label which stands for environmental friendliness, animal welfare, health and social responsibility
  • TCO Certified - certifications for It-products

If you have other questions about environmental friendly purchase – talk to Minna.

Lab work
Before you start working in the lab, you should read and sign the routines for safety in the lab. A risk assessment should be performed in KLARA before a new lab project is started. Ask Minna Miettinen about these things.

Each lab is responsible for defrosting freezers when needed, in order to minimise energy consumption. Clean out the fridge and freezer when you are finished with your project.

Chemicals can NOT be kept in the fume hoods! If you need to have a waste flask in the fume hood, you need to either close the drain or put the flask on a tray, in order to minimise the risk for hazardous chemicals ending up in the drain.

Dead research animals can not be thrown in the trash, but should be collected to be burnt. See this link for more info.