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Swedish Climate Policy Council

The Swedish Climate Policy Council will start its activities in January 2018. The task of the council is to evaluate how the policy of the Swedish government is compatible with the Swedish climate goals. The secretariat will be placed at the research council Formas.

On January 1st, 2018, the Swedish Climate Act will come into force. Sweden will also have new climate goals. Together with the climate law and the climate goals, the Climate Policy Council will form the Swedish Climate Policy framework.

The mission of the council

Sweden will have zero net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2045. To get there, the parliament has created a climate policy framework and established the Climate Policy Council, through a cross-party decision.

The council will be an independent expert authority. The members will analyse the development, assess current efforts and give advice to the government, as well as contribute to the public discussion about climate policy.

The climate transformation requires long-term and sustainable work that evolves constantly in the light of new knowledge. Climate concerns need to pervade all relevant policy areas. 

The Swedish Climate Policy Council will contribute to the realisation of the ambitions in the climate policy framework, and guide the transformation in the correct direction and pace.


In December 2017, the government presented the chairman, vice chairman and six members of the Swedish Climate Policy Council. They are all appointed for a period of three years.

  • Ingrid Bonde, chair, economist
  • Johan Kuylenstierna, vice chair, executive director, Stockholm Environment Institute and adjunct professor of Physical Geography at Stockholm University 
  • Karin Bäckstrand, member, professor of Political Science at Stockholm University
  • Katarina Eckerberg, member, professor of Political Science at Umeå University
  • Tomas Kåberger, member, professor of Physical Resource Theory at Chalmers University of Technology
  • Åsa Löfgren, member, associate professor and lecturer of Political Economy at University of Gothenburg
  • Markku Rummukainen, member, professor of Climatology at Lund University and Secretary General at the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas)
  • Sverker Sörlin, member, professor of Environmental History at KTH Royal Institute of Technology


The Swedish government has appointed Ola Alterå as Director of the Climate Policy Council. He has broad experience from both industry and policy. Until recently he investigated circular economy on behalf of the government.

Portrait Ola Alterå

Formas has been given the task to host the Climate Policy Council. This means that the Council’s secretariat will be placed at Formas, and that Formas will support the Council with services such as administration and communication.

Please see the Swedish version of this page for more information and news.

Sofia Rickberg