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Environmental objectives

Sweden's environmental goals are a guiding light in Swedish environmental work and define which environment Swedish policy should steer towards. All actors in society need to increase the pace of implementation of the urgent transition to a sustainable society.

Sweden's environmental goals describe what needs to be done to get there. By working actively with the environmental quality goals and milestones at multiple levels in society, we can increase the opportunities to achieve the overall generational goal - to pass on a society to the next generation where the major environmental problems are solved.

The environmental goals guide the whole society

Sweden's environmental goals are part of a larger system consisting of many different actors who work together to achieve the goals. Sweden's Environmental Objectives serve as a guide for the entire society's environmental work, both authorities and county administrative boards, municipalities and the business community and other actors. To achieve the goals, the whole society need to work together.

There is a total of 26 national authorities that works to achieve the environmental goals and eight authorities that are responsible for monitoring and evaluating one or more environmental quality goals.

International cooperation is often needed and the work at EU level is therefore important. In Sweden, the government has established the Swedish environmental goals and a committee with the aim of reaching a broad political consensus on several different environmental issues. 

The environmental objectives system

Agenda 2030 and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development consists of 17 global goals for a better world. It is a plan of action for a sustainable future for mankind and our planet. Sweden’s environment objectives address the challenges that exist at the national level, specifically with respect to environmental sustainability.

Environmental objectives