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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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.
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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As of today, Sweden has a new Climate Act!
Sweden’s new Climate Act enters into force today. For the first time, Sweden will have an act stating that each government has an obligation to pursue a climate policy based on the climate goals adopted by the Riksdag.
New climate decision to reduce industry and transport emissions
By 2045, Sweden will have achieved net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Several of the Government’s proposals in the Budget Bill for 2018, such as the ‘charge-at-home’ support, the Green Industry Leap and investments for international cooperation, will now be implemented.
International energy ministerial meetings in Öresund region
In May 2018, Sweden, the EU and the Nordic countries will together host major energy ministerial meetings. In connection with these meetings, the Öresund region will also host Nordic Clean Energy Week. Politicians, researchers and business representatives will come together to discuss future energy solutions.
Karolina Skog to attend UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi
The world’s environment ministers will meet at the third international UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3) on 4–6 December in Nairobi, Kenya. They are expected to take decisions on measures to reduce air, marine, and land and soil pollution. Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog will take part in a number of dialogues and meetings focusing on marine litter, chemicals and air pollution.
Sweden's National Statement at UNEA 3 in Nairobi, Kenya
National statement by Karolina Skog, Minister for the Environment, at UN Environment Assemby, UNEA 3, in Nairobi, Kenya, December 4, 2017. Check against delivery.
Several constructive decisions at UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn
Negotiations on the rules for implementing the Paris Agreement have been constructive, but have been marked by tough discussions, especially regarding how countries are to report their emissions. Countries have now submitted their views on the rules, and work is now continuing to ensure a decision on the rules can be taken next year.
Swedish chairmanship at IEA Ministerial Meeting advanced energy transition
Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan chaired the International Energy Agency (IEA) Ministerial Meeting on 7–8 November in Paris. Swedish priorities regarding enhanced engagement with emerging economies to help accelerate global clean-energy transitions were raised at the meeting.
For Fiji’s sake, Cut the Carbons
Opinion piece published in PACNEWS 16 November, by Karolina Skog, Sweden's Minister of Environment, Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment and Dr Marcelo Mena-Carrasco is Minister of the Environment for Chile.
Sweden's national statements at the high level segment of UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn
Statements by Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister. Bonn, Germany, November 16, 2017. Check against delivery.
Sweden increases climate support to the most vulnerable countries
Financing climate action in developing countries has been an important issue during the climate negotiations in Bonn. The Paris Agreement contains commitments that lead to a need to scale up support.