Ministry of the Environment

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

Responsible minister

Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister
Isabella Lövin Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister

News from Ministry of the Environment

  • Speeding up climate action and improving people’s everyday lives by greening the economy

    Listen to Minister for Environment and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin talk about her areas of responsibility, her priorities and the challenges awaiting during this electoral period.

  • International support for new chemicals framework

    • The Ministers sitting at a meeting table talking each other.

      Sweden's Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin and Uruguay’s Minister of Housing, Territorial Planning and Environment Eneida de Léon.

      Photo: UNEP (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

    • The Minister speaking at a podium.

      Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin giving Sweden's national statment at UNEA-4.

      Photo: UNEP (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

    Sweden and Uruguay co-chaired a meeting of the High Ambition Alliance on Chemicals and Waste, with representatives from a number of countries and organisations. Participants agreed on a joint statement to work together for a new, ambitious global framework for chemicals and waste to be adopted in 2020. The meeting took place at the fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Minister Isabella Lövin speaking at the COP24 podium.
Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin speaking at COP24 high-level segment in Katowice. Photo: Jens Persson/Government Offices of Sweden

UN climate summit COP24 in Katowice

On 2-14 December, the world's countries meet in Katowice, Poland for the UN's annual climate summit COP24. There, the countries will agree on the regulatory framework that will govern the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The meeting will also be the first opportunity since the climate summit in Paris 2015, where the countries jointly evaluate how global climate work is responding to the 1.5-degree target and how the ambition in climate change can be increased.

Foto: Europeiska kommissionen/Audiovisual Service/Foto: Jean-Michel Clajot

Sweden positive on EU long-term climate strategy

The European Commission has presented it strategic long-term climate vision for the EU. Sweden takes a positive view of the level of ambition in the strategy, with its aim of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

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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