Ministry of the Environment and Energy

The Ministry of the Environment and Energy is responsible for the Government’s environmental, energy and climate policy. The Ministry works on issues concerning the climate, energy, biological diversity, chemicals, ecocycles, nature and forest conservation, marine and water environments, radiation safety and international environmental cooperation.

Responsible minister

Karolina Skog
Karolina Skog Minister for the Environment

News from Ministry of the Environment and Energy

  • More steps to reduce plastics and microplastics in the oceans

    Photo: Johnér bildbyrå

    Plastic in the oceans is one of our most serious global environmental problems. To tackle both the sources and effects of the problem, the Government has decided on a ban on the use of microplastic in certain cosmetic products, and on a grant to municipalities to clean up plastic from Sweden’s beaches.

  • Sweden has a new Climate Act

    Sweden’s new Climate Act entered into force in January 1 2018. For the first time, Sweden will have an act stating that each government has an obligation to pursue a climate policy based on the climate goals adopted by the Riksdag.

Öresund Bridge
Öresund Bridge Photo: Ulf Lindgren

Nordic Clean Energy Week

In May 2018, Sweden, the EU and the Nordic countries will together host major energy ministerial meetings. In connection with these meetings, the Öresund region will also host Nordic Clean Energy Week. Politicians, researchers and business representatives will come together to discuss future energy solutions.

Agreement Swedish energy policy
Caption: Lise Nordin (Swedish Green Party), Minister Ibrahim Baylan (Swedish Social Democratic Party), Lars Hjälmered (Moderate Party), Rickard Nordin (Centre Party) and Penilla Gunther (Christian Democrats) took part in the press conference. Photo: Jens Persson/Government Offices

Agreement on Swedish energy policy

The Government, the Moderate Party, the Centre Party and the Christian Democrats have concluded an agreement on Sweden’s long-term energy policy. The agreement consists of a common road map for a controlled transition to an entirely renewable electricity system, with a target of 100 per cent renewable electricity production by 2040.

Copyright: Swedish Government Office

Fossil Free Sweden

Sweden will be one of the world’s first fossil-free welfare countries. To this end, the Government has launched the Fossil Free Sweden initiative, where Swedish actors are given the opportunity to call attention to how they are contributing to climate change work. The initiative brings together actors from the business sector, municipalities, regions and organisations from across the country.

Foto: Johnér/PhotoAalto

Investments in climate change adaptation and energy

The Government wants to take a climate leap that accelerates the transition to a more sustainable society. By taking responsibility for our climate impact in Sweden, we will show the countries of the world the way forward. Sweden must take the lead and become one of the world’s first fossil-free welfare countries.

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