This seminar focuses on PRINCE, a research project set up to develop a new framework for monitoring the environmental impacts linked to Swedish consumption – both inside and outside Sweden’s borders – using the latest modelling and statistical techniques.

PRINCE – for Policy-Relevant Indicators for National Consumption and Environment – was a response to a call from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM). It was closely linked to Sweden’s Generational Goal, the overarching objective of Swedish environmental policy:

to hand over to the next generation a society in which the major environmental problems in Sweden have been solved, without increasing environmental and health problems outside Sweden’s borders.

The three-year research project (2015–2018) developed a tailored model for providing regularly updated national-level indicators for a broad range of environmental pressures, from GHG and air pollutant emissions to material, land and water footprints.

It also developed world-first consumption-based indicators for categories of chemicals: use, emissions and potential impacts of hazardous chemical products, along with pesticides and veterinary antimicrobials.

Other case studies pushed back the boundaries of consumption-based accounting in areas such as capture fisheries, cargo shipping emissions, land-use change and deforestation and the societal benefits of consumption in producer countries.


In this seminar, jointly organized by KTH Royal Institute of Technology and SEI, two of the PRINCE project partners, you can learn about PRINCE, the chemicals indicators, and how the project’s findings and technical breakthroughs are being used in policy and new research.


12:45 Fika

PRINCE: Methodology and results
Ellie Dawkins SEI/KTH

Use and emissions of hazardous chemicals from Swedish consumption
Göran Finnveden KTH

Application of results nationally and regionally
Viveka Palm SCB/KTH

Rebound effects and calculation tools: How PRINCE methods and results are used in MISTRA’s Sustainable Consumption research programme
Hanna Eggestrand, KTH and Nils Brown SCB

Questions and discussion

The event will be held in English.


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