Organisation

The Head of the Ministry of the Environment and Energy is Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog.

Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan is also attached to the Ministry.

The Ministry of the Environment and Energy has nine divisions and secretariats.

Political leadership

Karolina Skog, Minister for the Environment

State Secretary: Per Ängquist

Ibrahim Baylan, Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy

State Secretary: Nils Vikmång

Political staff

Political Advisers: Lorentz Tovatt (Karolina Skog), Per Callenberg (Ibrahim Baylan), Therese Knapp (Ibrahim Baylan).

Press Secretaries: Hanna Björnfors (Karolina Skog), Gunilla Hjalmarson (Ibrahim Baylan).

Divisions and secretariats

Climate Division

The Climate Division is responsible for Sweden's participation in global climate change negotiations and EU work on fulfilling its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol. In addition, the Division is responsible for emissions trading, project-based mechanisms and other climate policy instruments, and air quality issues. The Division also promotes regional environmental cooperation in the Nordic and Arctic regions and the Barents Euro-Arctic Council.

Energy Division

The Energy Division works on issues and matters concerning energy supply and energy use, energy infrastructure, energy markets, and the functioning of the electricity, gas and district heating markets. The Division also works on matters concerning energy preparedness and energy research, electrical safety and dam safety. Issues concerning permits and appeals of certain matters under electricity, natural gas and peat legislation are also included in the Division's area of responsibility.

Natural Environment Division

The Natural Environment Division is responsible for nature conservation and biological diversity, as well as for marine environment issues and water management. The Division is responsible for almost 20 different international nature conservation and maritime conventions, and for EU work in these areas. Outdoor activities, shore protection, site protection and the environmental impact of agriculture, fisheries, forestry and reindeer husbandry are also part of the Division's work.

Chemicals Division

The Chemicals Division works on issues relating to environment and health, and to products and their lifecycles. This includes chemicals control, waste management including hazardous waste, the environmental dimension of biotechnology and genetic engineering, protection of the ozone layer and the remediation of contaminated sites. Nuclear safety, radiation protection and management of radioactive waste are further responsibilities. The Division works on action at national level but also participates in negotiations in the EU and internationally.

Environmental Assessment Division

The Environmental Assessment Division is responsible for processing administrative matters under the Swedish Environmental Code and for issues concerning environmental supervision, environmental noise and environmental aspects of transport infrastructure.

Environmental Objectives Division

The Environmental Objectives Division works on coordinating and developing the environmental objectives system, environmental research issues, environmental monitoring, environmental technologies and innovations, and coordination of the Ministry's work for a green economy. The Division has responsibility for contacts with the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas) and the Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra).

Coordination and Support Secretariat

The Coordination and Support Secretariat coordinates the Ministry's planning and budget activities, and works on agency governance, procurement, financial management and administrative issues concerning committees under the Ministry. The Secretariat's human resources function works on strategic and operational human resources issues.

Legal Secretariat

The Legal Secretariat provides support to the Ministry in legal matters and is responsible for drafting ordinances, proposals to the Council on Legislation and government bills in so far as they concern legislation. The Secretariat is also responsible for implementing EU legal instruments and issuing statutes. Furthermore, the Secretariat works on general matters of administrative law, international negotiations of a legal nature and the formulation of international agreements.

International Affairs Secretariat

The International Affairs Secretariat provides support to the ministry leadership, ambassadors and other divisions on international issues. The Secretariat coordinates and develops the Ministry's EU and international work. This also includes responsibility for Sweden's activities in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and coordination of bilateral environmental cooperation. The Secretariat also plans the ministry leadership's international travel and visits.

Communications Secretariat

The Communications Secretariat provides support to the ministry leadership and the other divisions in their communications. The Secretariat plans and carries out communication measures on the Ministry's priority issues. It is responsible for external and internal communication, and coordinates the Ministry's strategic monitoring. The Secretariat also has correspondence officers who reply to questions from the general public.