Biodiversity is the heart of Nordens Ark. The work we carry out is directly linked to sustainable development and several government environmental goals, such as a rich flora and fauna, living forests, diverse agricultural landscape, and abundant wetlands.
Our efforts to preserve endangered animals would lose much of their meaning if the ecosystems in which the animals belong were destroyed and disappeared. The world’s ecosystems are threatened by environmental toxins, eutrophication, fragmentation, and overexploitation. Most of these circumstances are directly caused by human development and lifestyle; things we do in our daily lives that consume energy, burn fossil fuels, emit chemical substances, and consume natural resources. These are all factors that we can directly influence by changing our habits, large and small, to more environmentally friendly alternatives.
At Nordens Ark, we work hard to reduce our own impact on the environment and environmental considerations are taken into account in all decisions regarding daily operations as well as research and teaching.
We have been environmentally certified by Svensk Miljöbas (The Swedish Environmental Base) since 2010 and strive to continue reducing the Nordens Ark environmental impact. This means that we have an environmental management system that maps the business environmental impact then plans, implements, and evaluates environmental improvements. Based on this we set long-term environmental goals for the business so that we work, to an ever greater extent, towards a sustainable future.
We work to limit the business environmental impact primarily by reducing electricity and fuel consumption, minimising the amount of waste, increasing the proportion of eco-labelled products in our purchases, and influencing our visitors towards increased environmental awareness.
- We have acquired a recycling centre where we sort all types of waste in collaboration with Rambo
- Electric radiators are being replaced by air/heat exchange systems
- We are replacing our vehicle fleet with electric vehicles
- Electric bicycles have been purchased to reduce petrol consumption
- We have developed a purchasing policy that steers towards environmentally friendly and ethical purchases – many of the products in the restaurant are eco-labelled and the proportion of locally produced organic and fair-trade goods is increasing
- We work to reduce our use of chemicals – where we have, among other things, replaced our old X-ray machine, which used photo fluid for development, with a modern machine that develops the images digitally