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.
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International support for new chemicals framework
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 for the Ministry of Environment
On January 21st Prime Minister Stefan Löfven presented the Statement of Government Policy in the Riksdag and announced the ministers that make up the Government. Isabella Lövin is the Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister.
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.
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.
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.
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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Minister for the Environment to attend UN forum on 2030 Agenda in New York
On 16–17 July, Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog and a Swedish delegation will take part in the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York. This year’s theme is ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’.Minister for the Environment to attend UN forum on 2030 Agenda in New York
Sweden joins Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators
The number of pollinating insects is dramatically declining throughout the world, including in Sweden. This has adverse impacts on agriculture, horticulture and biodiversity. Sweden is now joining a coalition of countries with specific ambitions to reverse the negative trend for pollinators.Sweden joins Coalition of the Willing on Pollinators
The world needs a global deal on chemicals say ministers and vice-ministers from eight countries
The sound management of chemicals and waste needs to be recognised as an essential part of sustainable development.The world needs a global deal on chemicals say ministers and vice-ministers from eight countries
Strategy for Liveable cities - short version
In the 'Strategy for liveable cities', the Government presents its overall policy for sustainable urban development. It is Sweden’s first national urban development strategy. The strategy focuses on goals for sustainable cities and policies primarily for urban transport and green areas, as well as innovative and sustainable construction.Strategy for Liveable cities - short version
Sweden wants tougher EU targets for CO2 emissions from passenger cars
The Government welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to introduce tougher EU targets for average CO2 emissions from new light vehicles but believes that the Commission’s ambition on emissions targets is far too low.Sweden wants tougher EU targets for CO2 emissions from passenger cars
One-year anniversary of the UN Ocean Conference – renewed initiatives to save the world’s oceans
In connection with the one-year anniversary of the UN Ocean Conference in New York co-chaired by Sweden and Fiji, the Government has decided to finance a number of new international ocean projects. To continue demonstrating leadership, the Government is allocating a further SEK 80 million to contribute to improving the global marine environment.One-year anniversary of the UN Ocean Conference – renewed initiatives to save the world’s oceans
Sweden's Seventh National Communication on Climate Change
This is Sweden’s Seventh National Communication (NC7), which summarises the progress Sweden has made to meetits obligations under the United Nations FrameworkConvention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the KyotoProtocol.Sweden's Seventh National Communication on Climate Change
Sweden to have an equal energy sector by 2030
At yesterdays’s launch of the Equal by 30 initiative, Sweden has committed to working globally for the principles of equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women by 2030. Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan is to present measures to achieve these aims.Sweden to have an equal energy sector by 2030
Goal reached: 10 billion more energy-efficient lightbulbs now on global market
Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan yesterday announced that the goal of the Global Lighting Challenge has been reached. Over two years, a number of Swedish and international actors have made commitments to bring more efficient lighting to the market.Goal reached: 10 billion more energy-efficient lightbulbs now on global market
Sweden wants global measures for sustainable battery production
Sweden and the European Commission, along with a number of other countries and businesses, are urging more stakeholders to back the measures needed to ensure that the world’s battery production is socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.Sweden wants global measures for sustainable battery production