Factsheet: Environmental Code

Environmental Code

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Environmental Code
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Miljöbalk
Description: 
The Environmental Code constitutes a modernised, broadened and more stringent environmental legislation aimed at promoting sustainable development. The environmental Code includes even rules of consideration which means that anyone who causes or threatens to cause damage to the environment is responsible for remedying or preventing the damage (polluter pays principle). The Environmental Code shall apply to (1) human health and the environment are protected against damage and nuisance whether caused by pollution or other influences, (2) valuable natural and cultural environments are protected and cared for, (3) preservation of biological diversity, (4) soil, water and natural environment are used so that from an ecological, social, cultural and economic perspective sustainable management safeguarded, and (5) reuse and recycling as well as other management of materials, raw materials and energy are promoted so that a cycle is reached.
Goal/Aim: 
Sustainable management of the environment.
Responsible Authority: 
Ministry of the Environment

Status:

Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
1998
Year Last Instrument & Measure was last Amended: 
2014