The well-being and environment guide gives a general overview of the guidelines that are part of UGent's environmental policy. On this page you will find more specific information, procedures, awareness material, ... about different environmental themes.

Download the environmental, health and safety guidelines.



The waste policy is based on prevention and circular management of materials. In addition, the safe collection of the hazardous waste from the laboratories is of great importance.



Working with genetically modified (micro-)organisms or pathogens requires restricted use. Biotechnological research requires an authorisation and a risk analysis, and different procedures apply.

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Chemical substances: hazardous substances and stock management system M-CHEM

When working with chemicals, and especially dangerous chemicals, safety comes first. In addition, the impact on the environment must be avoided.


Good lab practices to reduce the environmental impact

Together with researchers, we look for ways to reduce disposable plastics, reduce volumes, consume less reagents and energy during lab work.


Permits, authorisations, recognitions

Environmentally harmful activities require an environmental permit, or an extension. So be sure to let us know when you start new activities that have an impact on the environment. Working with or importing and exporting certain products also requires a permit, authorisation or notification.


Energy and water, mobility, circular economy and biodiversity

What is Ghent University doing to accelerate the energy transition and the shift towards sustainable mobility? And what about circular material management, green and biodiversity? What happens on your campus? And what do we expect from you?