Sweden has set itself the overall goal of handing over to the next generation a society in which the major environmental problems of today have been solved.
The Swedish Parliament has accordingly adopted 16 national environmental quality objectives, i.e. objectives for the quality of the environment in 16 different fields.
SGU has a particular responsibility for the environmental quality objective Good-Quality Groundwater and for one of the interim targets under the objective A Good Built Environment, concerned with reducing the use of natural gravel and protecting the glaciofluvial deposits in which major bodies of groundwater are to be found.
Our work also has a bearing on several of the other environmental objectives. These include "A Safe Radiation Environment", "A Balanced Marine Environment, Flourishing Coastal Areas and Archipelagos" and "A Non-Toxic Environment", in which context our responsibilities include investigating sites contaminated by state organizations that no longer exist.
SGU is also responsible for decommissioning and making environmentally secure the underground oil storage facilities previously set up as part of Sweden’s civil emergency planning programme, and for the closed Aittik mine.
Read more on SGU’s web site about other areas of our work relevant to the environmental objectives: