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

  • Alliance for High Ambition on chemicals and waste launched in New York

    Group photo
    From the left: Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing of Finland; Dr Maria Neira, Director of Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, WHO; Karolina Skog, Minister of the Environment of Sweden; Izabella Teixeira, moderator; Álvaro García, Minister of Budget and Planning of Uruguay; Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment. Photo: Hanna Björnfors/Government Offices of Sweden

    Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog has launched an international high-level alliance to mobilise political engagement for more effective global management of chemicals and waste. The aim of the Alliance is to reach a global agreement on chemicals and waste, comparable to the Paris Agreement on climate. The Alliance was launched in connection with the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development in New York.

  • Inquiry to propose ban on spreading sewage sludge on farmland and a phosphorus recycling requirement

    Photo: Johnér

    As part of efforts to ensure toxin-free and resource-efficient ecocycles, the Government has decided to appoint an inquiry to propose a ban on spreading sewage sludge and introduce a requirement for phosphorus to be recycled from sewage sludge. The Government has appointed Gunnar Holmgren as Inquiry Chair.

Photo: Ulf Lindgren

Sweden hosted global energy meetings

On 23 and 24 May, Sweden, the EU and the Nordic countries together hosted major energy ministerial meetings. On 22 May, the annual Nordic energy ministerial meeting was held in Lund. In connection with these meetings, the Öresund region also hosted Nordic Clean Energy Week. Politicians, researchers and business representatives came together to discuss future energy solutions. All news updates from the week are found on the Nordic Clean Energy Week page.

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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