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Tracking Sweden’s consumption-based environmental impacts

Sweden has committed to deliver a society in which the major environmental problems have been solved to the next generation. But how do we know we’re on track?

On behalf of the PRINCE project, SEI hosted a webinar on the gaps and possibilities between the current tools to measure consumption-based environmental pressures and the policy landscape in achieving SDG 12.

30 November 2021 at 10:00 CET

ending at 11:30 CET

Sweden and Online
Pildammsparken, Malmö, Sweden

Pildammsparken, Malmö, Sweden. Photo: Karl Hörnfeldt / Unsplash.

Webinar recording / SEI.

A society in which the major environmental problems in Sweden have been solved … without increasing environmental and health problems outside Sweden's borders.

Swedish environmental legislation

This is what Sweden has committed to deliver to the next generation. But how do know if we are on track?

In the quest to deliver the promises under the Generation Goal and Agenda 2030, the Swedish EPA commissioned a team of researchers to create a model that could capture both the territorial and global impacts of Sweden’s consumption.

By combining Swedish and international data on financial flows and environmental pressures, the Policy-Relevant Indicators for National Consumption and Environment (PRINCE) model provides policymakers with sound data to enable decision-making for sustainable production and consumption.

This webinar will bring together researchers and policymakers to provide a meaningful discussion on the gaps and possibilities between the current tools and policy landscape in achieving SDG 12.


Opening remarks by SEI, Statistics Sweden and the Swedish EPA

The global sustainable consumption and production context. How tools and research can be used to push Swedish policy forward. Opening remarks and the PRINCE project will be presented by:

  • Åsa Persson, Research Director and Deputy Director of SEI
  • Nils Brown, Project Leader of the PRINCE project, Analyst at Statistics Sweden
  • Anita Lundström, Senior Advisor at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

How has the PRINCE model helped policy?

Research experts engaged in the PRINCE project will present on their respective research themes and how data can be used in official statistics.

They will showcase the lessons learned in developing new indicators to aid communication and monitoring of environmental pressures caused by Swedish consumption, specifically in the areas:

  • Greenhouse gas, emissions to air, land, material and water footprints
  • Biodiversity
  • Fisheries
  • Land-use change
  • Chemicals

Panel discussion

The panel discussion will be moderated by Göran Finnveden, Professor of Environmental Strategic Analysis at KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

Closing remarks

Jorge Laguna

Jorge Laguna-Celis. Photo: UN Environment.

Jorge Laguna-Celis is the Head of the Secretariat of the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) and One Planet network. Before joining the Secretariat in October 2021, Jorge had served UNEP for five years as its Director for Governance Affairs. He brings to the 10YFP and One Planet network over 20 years of experience in high-level intergovernmental engagement, multi-stakeholder partnership development, and private sector relations.

Jorge’s work in UNEP has made important contribution in establishing the first mandate of the 10YFP and ensuring its endorsement by the Heads of State at the Rio+20 Conference. Jorge holds a BA degree in International Relations from El Colegio de México (Colmex) and an MA degree in International Trade from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po) Paris. He is the author of numerous columns and publications on issues related to international affairs and sustainable development.

Eva Ahlner

Eva Ahlner. Photo: Swedish EPA.

Eva Ahlner is a Senior Advisor at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. She is currently involved in a UN global development aiming at strengthening the implementation of SDG12 based on experiences gained from the implementation of the 10-year framework of programmes (10YFP) adopted in 2012 by the UN General Assembly.

Earlier experiences comprise the development of EU product policy, consumption-based climate indicators, policy for sustainable consumption, bilateral cooperations, among others at the Swedish Embassy in Washington and the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo.

Emma Norén

Emma Norén. Photo: Private.

Emma Nohrén is the Chair of the Swedish Parliamentary Committee on the Environmental Goals. Emma is a marine biologist who joined politics. Her main political focus areas are environment and climate, international development cooperation and, limnic and marine water issues. Emma has been the chair the chair of the Swedish cross-party Committee on Environmental objectives (Miljömålsberedningen) since May 2018.

The committee consists of members from all political parties and works on behalf of the Swedish Government. The aim of the committee is to achieve a broad political consensus on different environmental issues. In January this year did the committee finished the work “Havet och människan”, a marine strategy and handed it over to the government. The current assignment aims to develop a strategy for consumption-based environmental impacts.

SEI team

Åsa Persson
Åsa Persson

Research Director and Deputy Director

SEI Headquarters

Chris West

Deputy Centre Director (Research)

SEI York

Ylva Rylander
Ylva Rylander

Communications and Impact Officer


SEI Headquarters


This research is commissioned by the Swedish EPA and led by Statistics Sweden. SEI, Chalmers University of Technology and KTH Royal Institute of Technology is part of the PRINCE phase 2 research consortium.

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