The Nordic Africa Institute

Environment and sustainable development

As a Swedish public authority, we have - as the government´s extended arm - a responsibility to contribute to achieving the generational goal & the national environmental quality objectives External link, opens in new window. and Agenda 2030 and the global goals External link, opens in new window..

Environmental and sustainability work at NAI

We have a Policy for Sustainable development that summarises the sustainability work and the integration into all our activities and work at NAI. The Guidelines for Sustainability work describe our work more in detail and give guidance for the areas with more significant environmental impact. For 2023-2026 an Environmental strategic plan and Action plan have been developed to support us in addressing the specific areas with actions.

The Nordic Africa Institute shall be characterised by openness, democracy and respect for human equality. The Institute produces research that contributes to sustainable solutions to common challenges and to inform policy in environmental and climate issues. Sustainability considerations should therefore be integrated into the overall business planning and processes, in terms of project selection, orientation and activities.

Overall operations of the institute are guided by the aim to contribute to Agenda 2030 and the global goals, as well as the overall goals of Swedish development cooperation and Sweden´s national environmental objectives.

The Institute constantly seeks to reduce its negative impact by setting monitorable and measurable targets regularly followed up on. When goods or services are procured and when choosing forms of meetings and modes of travel, the environmental impact and other forms of sustainability requirements are guiding principles.

The institute's business requires long-distance flights (to and from Africa) which leads to a big negative impact on environment and climate. The target is therefore to decrease the emissions from air travel. In this transition, digital solutions for conferences, exchanges of knowledge and experiences, and data collection play an important role.

The institute strives to decrease the negative environmental impact of travel, conferences, use of materials and energy consumption by choosing environmentally friendly products, transport and methods of working compatible with a low environmental impact. The Institute applies sustainability criteria when purchasing or procuring goods.

The institute shall contribute to learning about environment and sustainability for its staff to ensure environmental awareness both within and outside the workplace.

The environmental work will be followed up yearly with suitable actions. The institute will in its work, follow the Swedish environmental legislation and other rules or agreements in the environmental field.