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.
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Speeding up climate action and improving people’s everyday lives by greening the economy
Listen to Minister for Environment and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin talk about her areas of responsibility, her priorities and the challenges awaiting during this electoral period.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Government wants to welcome US guest environment and climate researchers
Climate change is one of the Government’s top-three issues, alongside jobs and education. The Government has adopted a guest researcher programme under which US environment and climate researchers can be invited to conduct research in Sweden for a period of up to three years.
To lead on climate, countries must commit to zero emissions
Opinion piece by Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister Ms Isabella Lövin in The Guardian, 17 April 2018.
Joint Declaration on Sweden-India Innovation Partnership for a Sustainable Future
The governments of Sweden and India hereby agree to deepen our collaboration in the field of innovation through a strategic innovation partnership. The innovation partnership represents a step-change in India-Sweden science and innovation collaboration, underpinning our mutual commitment to drive prosperity and address global challenges such as climate change and sustainable development through innovation.
Innovation and sustainable development the focus of Indian official visit
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Sweden on 16–17 April. India is currently the world’s fastest growing major economy, and the Swedish Government is working to strengthen Sweden's role as a key partner in the areas of sustainability and innovation.
Government makes announcement on low emission zones
Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth and Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog have announced how the new provisions on low emission zones would be designed. The Government will give municipalities the possibility of introducing three different kinds of low emission zones as of 1 January 2020.
Per Bolund took part in EU conference on financing sustainable growth
The financial sector has a leading role in efforts to move towards a fossil-free society. This role and a new European Commission Action Plan were the subjects of the high-level conference on financing sustainable growth held in Brussels on 22 March, attended by Minister for Financial Markets and Consumer Affairs Per Bolund.