The generational goal is intended to guide environmental action at every level of society.
The overall goal of Swedish environmental policy is 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.
This generational goal, which defines the direction of environmental policy, is to provide guidance regarding the values that are to be protected and the changes in society that are needed if the desired quality of the environment is to be achieved. This also calls for an ambitious environmental policy – in Sweden, within the EU and in international contexts.
The generational goal means that the basic conditions for solving the environmental problems are to be achieved within one generation, and that environmental policy should be directed towards ensuring that: