Sweden's minerals strategy will increase the competitiveness of the Swedish mining and minerals industry so that Sweden maintains and strengthens its position as the EU’s leading mining nation. Sweden’s mineral assets are to be exploited in a long-term sustainable way, with consideration shown for ecological, social and cultural dimensions, so that natural and cultural environments are preserved and developed. The primary target group for the mineral strategy is the Swedish mining, industrial minerals and aggregate industry and the actors who contribute to or are affected by the industry’s activities. Sweden has several strong enterprises that supply technically advanced equipment to industrial mining and minerals enterprises. Some of these businesses are world leaders in their respective sectors and have significant market shares. Creating the prerequisites for growth in the mining and minerals industry also strengthens the conditions for its suppliers, which is beneficial to Sweden. Some of the measures presented in the strategy also have a direct bearing on the suppliers. The minerals strategy deals with non-energy minerals for
industrial purposes. The term “mining and minerals industry” refers to enterprises that produce ore for metal extraction, aggregate, industrial minerals and natural stone.
In the minerals strategy, the Government identifies five strategic objectives that are considered to be of particular importance in order to reach the strategy’s vision. These objectives are:
1. A mining and minerals industry in harmony with the environment, cultural values and other business activities.
2. Dialogue and cooperation to promote innovation and growth.
3. Framework conditions and infrastructure for competitiveness and growth.
4. An innovative mining and minerals industry with an excellent knowledge base.
5. An internationally renowned, active and attractive mining and minerals industry.
Within these five strategic objectives, there are eleven action areas to which a number of goals and measures are connected. These action areas are:
1. Greater resource efficiency
2. Better dialogue and synergy with other industries,
3. Mining communities with attractive natural and cultural environments,
4. Promotion of societal development and regional growth,
5. Clearer distribution of responsibility and better flow of information among actors in the industry,
6. A clearer and more effective regulatory framework,
7. Infrastructure investments for growth in the mining industry,
8. Research and innovation that create growth and competitiveness,
9. Skills supply that meets the needs of the industry and the regions,
10. A good supply of capital and promotion of investment,
11. Greater participation in the international arena.
The Swedish minerals strategy takes an integrated approach in order to create beneficial conditions, and identify opportunities and challenges so that the mining and minerals industry can grow sustainably and keep pace with the opportunities provided by today’s strong international demand for metals and minerals.
Implementing the strategy