Isabella Lövin is no longer a government minister, Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister

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Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister

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Minister for International Development Cooperation

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Circular economy – Strategy for the transition in Sweden

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A transition of the society is required to achieve environmental and climate objectives, secure our welfare services and the competitiveness of the business sector and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Through this strategy the Government wants to stake out the direction of and ambition for this work. In addition to the strategy, action plans containing concrete measures will be adopted.The strategy is based on an agreement between the Government, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.

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We need to change our present unsustainable resource use, since it is leading to loss of biodiversity and spread of hazardous substances and is also contributing to climate change. We must turn this negative development around, save threatened ecosystems and secure the possibility of sustainable resource use for coming generations. One part of this is the vision of a circular economy. Sweden can create a lever from the national to the global by being the good example that shows how to safeguard our planet and our business sector – and how this goes together.

In spring 2020 the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the resulting economic crisis have had a severe impact on society. The world after the pandemic will not be what it was before the crisis. This enables us to contribute more intensively to a transition to a circular economy through a green recovery. As one of the world’s most innovative countries, Sweden has good prospects of addressing this transition. Important steps can be taken to strengthen Sweden’s competitiveness through technological development and innovation for circular solutions.

Many Swedish companies already see the potential in transitioning their businesses to a more resource-efficient, non-toxic, circular and bio-based economy. All of this also provides advantages in the global market, where Swedish companies can export the products and services in demand as the world transitions. This will create more companies and new jobs and enhance our welfare, while reducing environmental impacts.

We create the transition to a circular economy together: the politics, the business sector, the public sector, academia, private individuals and civil society. Through this strategy the Government wants to stake out the direction of and ambition for this work. In addition to the strategy, action plans containing concrete measures will be adopted.