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Sustainable food

Globally, food has a major impact on climate and environment. This page contains more information about how Lund University works with food purchases and collaborates with the restaurants on campus for a sustainable food consumption.

Two people are sitting in a café with coffee mugs. Photo.

Cafes and restaurants on campus

Lund University wants restaurants and cafés on campus to show conscious environmental and sustainability work in both words and actions. This can, for example, mean an environmentally adapted and sustainable range, to inform about sustainable alternatives and offer competence-enhancing initiatives for its own staff. All cafés and restaurants are run as their own companies. The university strives to focus more on vegetarian/vegan alternatives, seasonal and eco-labeled/fair-trade ingredients and minimized use of disposable materials.

Café LUX is the first and only café at Lund University campus to receive the university's environmental certification.

About the environmental work at Café Lux – (in Swedish)

Catering and food purchases

The university's agreements with catering suppliers require sustainability perspectives and environmentally friendly working methods. All suppliers must take the environmental impact into account when choosing ingredients/foods, disposable items and packaging, as well as when transporting and waste sorting. For example, all coffee, chocolate, fruit and dairy products must be KRAV-labeled or equivalent. Vegetarian alternatives must be available and any meat must primarily be locally produced, organic meat and/or KRAV-labeled.

If you purchase food, it's possible to search for eco-labeled products in the university-wide system Lupin. You can search broadly with one or more keywords or within a specific category. Select the leaf to limit the selection to certain eco-labels. Contact the purchasing coordinator in your department if you want help purchasing eco-labeled products.

Contact information

Claes Nilén
Environmental manager
+46 46 222 41 59
claes [dot] nilen [at] bygg [dot] lu [dot] se (claes[dot]nilen[at]bygg[dot]lu[dot]se)

Fairtrade City Lund

Since 2012, Lund University has been involved in Fairtrade City Lund, which is a collaboration between the municipality, business and the non-profit sector. Through Fairtrade City, the university contributes to a fairer trade and that the raw materials grown in countries with widespread poverty are produced with regard to high social, economic and environmental requirements. Lund University works to ensure that the proportion of Fairtrade products increases within the organization and that ethical considerations are taken into account in purchasing and procurement.

Fairtrade Challenge – (in Swedish)
Fairtrade City Lund – (in Swedish)

University Management goals for increased sustainability

The University Management has taken a decision on vegetarian food for their own events.

Decision on the University management goals for increased sustainability 9 May 2019, in Swedish (PDF 119 kB, new tab)