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

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

Consumption is one of the main routes by which economies impact natural ecosystems. The impacts might come through extracting raw materials; particular types of land use or deforestation; emissions of hazardous chemicals or greenhouse gases during production; the water and energy used in manufacturing; transport emissions; or many other ways.

Sweden keeps good data on the environmental performance of its farms, factories and transportation system. But much of what is consumed in the country is imported. Sweden’s environmental commitment means that we need to keep track of the environmental pressures linked to imported goods and services too.

The PRINCE project is developing a new framework for monitoring the environmental impacts linked to Swedish consumption – both inside and outside Sweden’s borders – using the latest modelling and statistical techniques. PRINCE – for Policy-Relevant Indicators for National Consumption and Environment – responds to a call from the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (SwAM) for a new monitoring framework that:

  • uses a sound and repeatable methodology
  • includes indicators for a wide range of environmental pressures
  • provides a sound basis for policy decisions.

The three-year project aims to deliver a new framework, including indicators for several environmental pressures rarely monitored at macro level, along with a baseline monitoring report and case studies.

PRINCE is supported by a research grant administered by the EPA and SwAM.

PRINCE and Sweden's Generational Goal
The PRINCE framework
The PRINCE consortium
See project time line here