The environmental sector in Sweden increased its exports by slightly more than 60 percent between 2003 and 2010. Total Swedish exports increased by almost 50 percent during the same time period. The turnover from the environmental sector increased by almost 60 percent in the same period.
During 2010 the establishments in the Swedish environmental sector had a total turnover of around SEK 230 billion. During the same period, exports amounted to slightly more than SEK 35 billion, which accounts for around 2 percent of the total Swedish exports. The Swedish environmental sector employed almost 70 000 persons during 2009 of whom about 50 000 were men.
Decrease for exports in the environmental sector
Exports in the environmental sector have increased at a faster rate than exports in Sweden on the whole (all sectors together) during the measured period, as shown in the figure below. Until 2009 the exports in the environmental sector increased every year. However, in 2010 a decrease occurred. The total exports in Sweden (for all sectors) showed a decrease even in 2009 but was back on the level of 2008 in 2010.
The largest decrease of the exports in the environmental sector occurred in the environmental areas Renewable Energy and Heat and energy saving.