The overarching “generational goal” now addresses the importance of limiting Sweden’s impact abroad. How to evaluate the generational goal, and where and how to direct Sweden’s limited means and legal competence to shape global developments that influence its own environmental objectives are therefore important questions for Sweden’s international environmental policy work.

This report for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency examines whether and how the planetary boundaries framework offers tools and perspectives on how to work with the two-way interaction between Swedish and global environmental pressures and performance. It establishes national-level boundaries for climate change, nitrogen, water and land use and assesses the performance of Sweden and 60 other countries.

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