Environment, energy and climate



Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time and the top environmental priority. In order to cope with the challenges of climate change and promote sustainable development an ambitious and cohesive climate and energy policy is needed at international level, in the EU and in Sweden. Photo: Roger Borgelid/Johnér bildbyrå


Energy policy is about the supply, distribution and use of energy, and aims to reconcile ecological sustainability, competitiveness and security of supply. Electricity and gas market issues, renewable energy sources such as bioenergy and solar energy, and energy efficiency are important aspects of this area.Photo: Dieter Melhorn/Alamy


Creating a non-toxic environment is one of the most extensive and important tasks in environment policy. This is partly because there are so many chemical products. Millions of goods contain or have been treated with chemical products. Chemicals also impact a chain of many links - through production, product contents, use, and through waste products, sewage and residues. Photo: Conny Fridh/Johnér bildbyrå


Biodiversity is fundamental for people's living conditions and a priority issue in the environment policy. Forests, coasts, watercourses, and wetlands are all important preconditions for life and sustainable development. Biodiversity safeguards necessary ecosystem services that provide us with food and water purification, and buffer the effects of climate change.Photo: Lars-Olof Johansson/Johnér bildbyrå

Seas and water

Maritime policy is a prioritised work. Like most environmental threats, the problems in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea are cross-border in nature. Work on marine environment issues is regulated via the EU, regional marine conventions, bilateral agreements and cooperation bodies. A coherent maritime policy means focusing on using the potential for cooperation between all the sectors of society that have an interest in the seas.Photo: Magnus Melin/Johnér bildbyrå