Environment and climate

Environmental policy concerns creating a society free of emissions and hazardous toxins, with consideration for people, animals and nature. It also concerns creating a sustainable society that is adapted to climate change. Many environmental issues are global in nature and consequently a large part of the work takes place in collaboration with other countries.

Responsible for environment and climate

Responsible ministers

Karolina Skog
Karolina Skog Minister for the Environment
Isabella Lövin
Isabella Lövin Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister

Responsible ministry

News about environment and climate

  • Alliance for High Ambition on chemicals and waste launched in New York

    Group photo
    From the left: Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing of Finland; Dr Maria Neira, Director of Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health, WHO; Karolina Skog, Minister of the Environment of Sweden; Izabella Teixeira, moderator; Álvaro García, Minister of Budget and Planning of Uruguay; Erik Solheim, Executive Director of UN Environment. Photo: Hanna Björnfors/Government Offices of Sweden

    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

    Photo: Johnér

    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.

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