Today we had yet another meeting regarding the review of the Swedish National Environmental Goals, i.e. Miljömålsberedningen. You can read my reflections to the previous seminars/meetings on my blog posts from June 2 and June 7. The meeting today was hosted by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and the focus of the morning session was the environmental goal ”A Non-Toxic Environment” where pharmaceuticals and the environment is a clear focus area. There were participants both from companies (myself and Helena Wadsten from AstraZeneca representing the pharma industry), there were politicians (e.g. Roger Tiefensee) and experts (e.g. Klas Sundberg and Inger Strömdahl) from Miljömålsberedningen and of course representatives from the office of Miljömålsberedningen (e.g. Marie Uhrwing and Sara Sundgren). And guess what – today I learned that the correct English translation of Miljömålsberedningen is ”All Party Committee on Environmental Objectives”.
We had a good discussion about how work will develop over the coming years. The All Party Committee has an assingment until 2020 – that is quite some time. The task for the committee is to review how the national environmental goals could be met in a cost efficiant way from society’s perspective. And strategies should be developed in areas where political tradeoffs might be necessary. One of the areas where the all party committee has been requested to develop a strategy is around pharmaceuticals and the environment.
I gave a presentation covering the development of the issue of pharmaceuticals in the environment from roughly ten years back in time, up to all different initiatives ongoing in the field today. To get information on the different initiatives ongoing see my blog post from yesterday. My key message was that it is important to secure that the development of a strategy for pharmaceuticals and the environment builds on all the present good activities performed in open and transparent discussions with all relevant stake holders, for instance the discussions initiated by LIF’s round-table meetings to discuss green criteria and green economic incentives.