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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Global environment assembly focuses on green recovery
The world’s environment ministers are gathering virtually on 22 and 23 February to discuss green recovery and decide on priorities ahead of the United Nations Environment Assembly. Minister for Environment and Climate Per Bolund is participating in the meeting.
Per Bolund new Minister for Environment and Climate
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven today announced a government reshuffle. Per Bolund is new Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister.
Green recovery will lift Sweden out of dual crisis
Global warming continues regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic. Climate change will remain the defining issue of our generation. The Government is therefore proposing investments of SEK 9.7 billion in green recovery initiatives in the Budget Bill for 2021. The Government’s proposals are based on an agreement between the government parties, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.
Gabriel Wikström appointed national coordinator for the 2030 Agenda
The Government has appointed Gabriel Wikström as national coordinator for the 2030 Agenda. The appointment of a national coordinator is part of the Government’s work to implement the 2030 Agenda.
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.
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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Sweden moving the global environment and climate agenda forward together with the UN Environment Programme
On 5 December 2019, the Government adopted a new strategy for Sweden’s partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for 2020–2023. The strategy is guided by the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Future chemical risk management, SOU 2019:45
The Inquiry Chair on combination effects and assessing groups of chemicals has delivered its final report to the Government. The report is entitled Future chemical risk management – Accounting for combination effects and assessing chemicals in groups.
Sweden will continue working for the ambitious implementation of the Paris Agreement
The United States announced earlier this week that it has now issued formal notification of withdrawal from the climate agreement signed in Paris in 2015. Since the United States first announced that it would give notification of withdrawal, a further 40 countries have joined the Paris Agreement.
Sweden and India are taking the lead to transform the heavy industry sector towards a fossil free future
Heavy industry accounts for approximately 30 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. In order to reach the goals in the Paris Agreement more must be done to tackle these emissions. It was in light of this that Sweden and India launched the leadership group for industry transition at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York this September. The group is open for both government and business leaders and aims to enable the transition of heavy industry towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Now it is time to go from words to action.
Sweden launches global leadership group to reduce industry emissions
Sweden and India have launched a global leadership group to push the climate transition in heavy industry. The initiative was presented by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven during the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.
The Government to take part in opening of UN General Assembly 17–30 September
Next week, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister, Isabella Lövin, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and Minister for International Development Cooperation Peter Eriksson will travel to New York for the opening of the UN General Assembly.
Bonus car initiative and protection of valuable natural environments
It its autumn amending budget for 2019, the Government proposes that more money should be invested this year in the protection of valuable natural environments and in a climate bonus for cars with very low emissions. The Government’s proposal for the autumn amending budget is based on an agreement between the Government, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.
Improved and safer hiking trails to make the natural environment accessible to more people
Sweden’s fantastic natural environment is to be made accessible to more people. The Government is now proposing to enhance the work on hiking trails as well as a special investment in preparations for the Outdoor Activities Year 2021. The Budget Bill builds on an agreement between the Government, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.
SEK 70 million to benefit pollinating insects
Pollination is a very important ecosystem service that contributes to the production of food. In the Budget Bill for 2020, the Government is proposing a total of SEK 70 million per year in 2020–2022 for measures to benefit pollinating insects. The Budget Bill builds on an agreement between the Government, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.
Government proposes faster pace for climate efforts
The pace of climate efforts needs to speed up if Sweden is to meet its climate objectives. The Government is therefore proposing increased investments for the climate transition of the industrial and transport sectors. The Budget Bill builds on an agreement between the Government, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.