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 minister

Per Bolund, Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister
Per Bolund Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister

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  • Ahead of UN Climate Change Conference COP26: Government intends to double climate aid by 2025

    The world is in an acute climate crisis. The world’s poorest are the least to blame but are the hardest hit. The richer countries have a special responsibility to contribute to the developing countries’ climate transition. The Government therefore intends to double Swedish climate aid to SEK 15 billion by 2025.

  • Biodiversity needs greater global protection

    This week, countries around the world will meet under the auspices of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity to begin drafting a global framework on how to sustainably protect and make use of biodiversity. Minister for Environment and Climate Per Bolund will take part in the meeting digitally and will emphasise that Sweden wants protection for 30 per cent of the world’s land and oceans.

Mr Javadekar and Ms Lövin sitting alongside each other at a conference table.
Archive image. Minister for Environment and Climate Isabella Lövin and India’s Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar at high-level LeadIT meeting during the 2019 UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid. Photo: Jens Persson/Government Offices of Sweden

Agreement on higher ambitions and increased international collaboration at LeadIT Summit

The Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT) – launched by Sweden and India to drive the climate transition in energy-intensive industries – held its Leadership Summit on 1 December. LeadIT members agreed on a range of ambitious commitments to contribute to freedom from fossil fuels and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Photo: Government Offices of Sweden/Maskot/Johnér Bildbyrå

Swedish strategy for circular economy accelerates the transition to sustainability

The national strategy for a circular economy sets out the direction and ambition for a long-term and sustainable transition of Swedish society. The Government adopted the national strategy for a circular economy earlier this year. The strategy is now available in English. The strategy is based on an agreement between the Government, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.

Photo: Johnér bildbyrå

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.

PM Löfven and Minister Lövin sitting at a conference table.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin. Photo: Ninni Andersson/Government Offices of Sweden

Government to establish a Ministerial Working Group on Climate Policy

The Government’s goal is for Sweden to be the world’s first fossil-free welfare nation. To achieve this, all policy areas must pull in the same direction and the issue of climate change must be integrated into all relevant policy areas. For this reason, the Government has decided to form a ministerial working group on climate policy.

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