One of the goals of Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, is that SMHI should be a resource in Swedish environmental work. It is important to distinguish between national environmental work which aims to fulfil national environmental goals - in which SMHI is a resource - and environmental management, which refers to adapting SMHI's operation to reduced environmental load.
Nevertheless we interpret this as a challenge to be a role-model in public administration in the area of environmental management, the same approach we take in everything we do.
Based on a comprehensive environmental audit, we have established which environmental aspects it is most important to focus on. These aspects are reflected in SMHI's environmental policy and in eight overriding environmental goals.
One important factor in improving the environmental management system is to regularly audit our work, both internally and through external certification organisations.
In addition to ISO 9001, SMHI's Oceanographic Laboratory in Gothenburg is accredited to SS-EN ISO/IEC 17025.
When it comes to consideration for the climate and environment, SMHI's expertise shall be a resource for society and a role-model in its own activities, and shall contribute to ecologically, socially and financially sustainable development.
Environmental care shall be a natural, integral aspect in all SMHI's activities. The operation's environmental consequences shall be highlighted and analysed with the aim of reducing negative impact.
SMHI's environmental work is characterised by continuous improvement, with the aim of reducing adverse environmental impact. Legislation and other demands in society shall be fulfilled, and customer demands met.
Personnel shall be offered a knowledge base that enables environmental aspects to be considered in day-to-day work. Active involvement in environmental work among personnel shall be encouraged.
SMHI's internal processes are characterised by environmental consideration, key features being the phasing-out of environmentally hazardous substances, economical use of resources and an ecocycle-based approach.
In procuring products and services and choosing mode of travel, environmental impact shall always be considered.
SMHI's environmental work shall be documented and made available to all stakeholders both inside and outside the Institute.
SMHI's environmental management system shall be certified to ISO 14001.
Indirect environmental aspects shall be integrated into SMHI's operation, with the aim of ensuring the institute's decision-making material helps to reduce environmental impact.
All personnel shall achieve a knowledge level that enables an understanding of the environmental impact that each individual's day-to-day work entails, and what can be done to reduce that impact.
Environmentally hazardous substances shall be progressively phased out.
Environmental impact from business trips shall continuously decrease.
A continuous reduction in the consumption of energy and other resources in the internal operation.
Efficient, well-used systems for waste separation at source and recycling.
Environmental aspects shall be systematically considered in all purchasing and procurement.
SMHI shall have an efficient, ISO 14001-certified environmental management system that continuously improves.