This report is the third OECD review of Sweden’s environmental performance. It
evaluates progress towards sustainable development and green growth, with a focus
on Sweden's longstanding commitment to mitigating emissions of greenhouse gases and
its management of marine ecosystem services and water.
Progress towards sustainable development3 chapters available
Progress towards selected environmental objectives2 chapters available
Annexes2 chapters available
Sweden is a leader in many fields of environmental policy. It is among the most innovative OECD countries when it comes to environment-related technology, and has pioneered several policy instruments, many based on the principle of putting a price on environmentally harmful activities.
Progress in cutting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has been impressive and Sweden has committed to ambitious climate goals. With neighbouring countries, Sweden shares a responsibility for the Baltic Sea, a very vulnerable marine ecosystem. Taking account of the benefits of marine ecosystems in decision making is, therefore, all the more important.
While overall environmental quality is very good, the country faces challenges in meeting the very ambitious environmental quality objectives it has set for itself.
Assessment and recommendations
launch of the assessment and recommendations
“Sweden is a frontrunner in using market instruments like green taxes to discourage environmentally harmful activities and foster new technologies. But the better one does, the harder it is to improve. Sweden will need more cost-effective policies and a fairer sharing of compliance costs to meet future goals.”
Simon Upton, OECD Director of the Environment
Launch of the Assessment and recommendations of the Environmental Performance Review of Sweden, 11 June 2014, Stockholm
Hover your mouse over the dots to read the names of the countries and how CO2 emissions followed or not their GDP growth.
Sweden is the red dot.
Click on the buttons to change the dates and see the evolution of Sweden's protected areas.
Content: Ivana Capozza
Communications: Clara Tomasini
Photo : Derek Yu/Flickr, Creative Commons attribution licence. Istockphoto.com/x3viar, Funkform.
Icons : Rural by Evan Caughey, Water by Alessandro Suraci, Tree by Tim Boelaars, Mountain by Benni, Lake by Pieter J. Smits, Forest by Juan Pablo Bravo, Tree by Lance Hancock, all from The Noun Project