Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Access to clean water and sanitation is largely met for all inhabitants in Sweden. With regard to the global indicators, the preliminary assessment can be made that Sweden fulfils the targets. Legislation and directives adequately cover most areas included by the goal.

However, there are several challenges, for example in areas where the drinking water supply might at times be threatened due to low groundwater levels. As a whole, the withdrawal of freshwater as a proportion of available renewable water resources is low (1.4 per cent in 2010), but regional data would provide a more differentiated view. In the Swedish environmental objectives system, the 2017 follow-up of the environmental quality objective Good-Quality Groundwater shows that there is a need to increase the protection of groundwater resources. Efforts are needed, for example, to reduce pollution due to chemicals, medicines and nutrients.

Internationally, Sweden contributes through special development cooperation interventions to improve access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, especially for women and children. Sweden also helps to protect the world’s natural wetlands and aquatic environments through membership in the Ramsar Convention. In 2015, development cooperation to water and sanitation interventions amounted to approximately SEK 790 million.


Afriso Ema AB

Afriso’s product range consists mainly of products and services that contribute to a better environment and safer workplace.

Aktiebolaget Svenska Wavin

Wavin provides integrated above and below ground pipe systems as well as consultancy and design services, implementation support and after-sales service. Our customers range from building wholesalers, plumbing merchants, civil contractors, housing developers, and large installers, through to utility companies and municipalities.


COWI is a leading consulting group that creates value for customers, people and society through our unique 360° approach. Based on our world-class competencies within engineering, economics and environmental science, we tackle challenges from many vantage points to create coherent solutions for our customer.

Ecoclime Group AB

Ecoclime can provide property owners with a complete solution for building automation (IoT based), energy recovery and energy distribution (heat/cold). We have a unique patented technology in the core of our solutions. Our focus is on creating the best indoor comfort with reduced energy consumption.

Reference Objects

Green Zone – A Road To Sustainability

The Green Zone in Umeå is still a role model as a service area closing the loop – even more than 15 years after its inauguration! Green Zone proves in an educational way that it is possible and economically viable to transform from linear to circular thinking. Many visitors come to here every year to learn more about energy efficiency and sustainable solutions.

Gryaab – Works for a cleaner ocean

To stop eutrophication of the sea, Gryaab treats the Gothenburg region waste water. The residue, sewage sludge, is turned into soil, fertilizer and a climate-friendly vehicle fuel.

Kvillebäcken – First green district

Kvillebäcken is the first urban district in Gothenburg built according to the new, more stringent, environmental demands.

Sustainable Ålidhem

Sustainable Ålidhem in Umeå is a unique project for sustainable urban development which includes social, technical, environmental and economical aspects. The overall objective of the project is to reduce energy use in the area, create a more comfortable and safe environment and transform Ålidhem to a sustainable neighborhood.

Global Goals

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