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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A coherent policy for the climate
For the first time, the Government is presenting a climate policy action plan to the Riksdag. The climate will be integrated into all relevant policy areas. The government bill, with its 132 measures, takes a holistic approach to how emissions will be reduced throughout Swedish society.
The world gathers in Madrid for the annual Climate Change Conference COP25
On 2–13 December, the countries of the world gathered for the UN Climate Change Conference COP 25 in Madrid under the Presidency of Chile. There the countries negotiated and decided on future work under the Paris Agreement. Sweden is advocating robust rules for the implementation of the agreement and a higher level of ambition.
Environment and climate in Government's Budget Bill
Together, we are facing great challenges. By investing in our climate and the environment we strengthen our society for the future and preserve the natural environment, making it accessible for future generations. In the Budget Bill for 2020, the Government presents a range of proposals regarding climate and the environment.
Budget Bill for 2020: Reforms for a stronger society
Today the Government presents the Budget Bill for 2020 to the Riksdag. The Government is proposing measures to increase the number of jobs, tackle the challenge of climate change, safeguard welfare throughout the country and address crime and its causes.
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.
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Consumers to receive environmental information about fuel
As part of efforts to end fossil fuel dependence and achieve Sweden’s goal of reducing transport sector emissions by 70 per cent by 2030, the Government today adopted an ordinance prescribing that consumers receive information at fuel pumps about the climate impact and origin of fuels, such as petrol, diesel, gas and more.
Continued intensive efforts in response to the dry, hot summer
The prolonged heat and drought have impacted many sectors of society. There have been numerous forest fires, the agricultural sector has been severely affected by the drought and groundwater levels have dropped. The extreme temperatures can also cause health problems, especially among older people and the sick. The Government is following developments closely and taking the necessary decisions. The Government Offices is in continuous contact with the responsible government agencies.
Alliance for High Ambition on chemicals and waste launched in New York
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
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.