IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is an independent, non-profit research institute, owned by a foundation jointly established by the Swedish Government and Swedish industry. IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute was established in 1966 and has since then been involved in the development of solutions to environmental problems, at national and international level. We work with applied research and contract assignments for an ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable growth within business and society at large. The institute employs around 200 experts, which makes IVL a leading institute for applied environmental research and consultancy services.

About Us

We undertake research projects and contract assignments in the entire environmental field. The activities include for example climate issues, environmental technology, indoor environment, waste management, working environment, environmental measurements, and environmental quality evaluation. IVL also performs studies of the environmental effects in air, water, and soil, and the institute has its own accredited laboratories for analysis. All activities are linked to six major theme areas: Climate and energy, Sustainable building, Air and transport, Sustainable production, Resource-efficient products and waste, and Water.

The broad scope of IVL's activities, combined with its multidisciplinary approach, enables IVL to offer its customers holistic solutions, as well as answers to highly specific problems.

About the company name

The abbreviation IVL in IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute stems from our former company name in Swedish ' Institutet för vatten- ochluftvårdsforskning', which means the institute for water and air research.

When the scope of the work done at IVL gradually broadened beyond water and air issues, the company name was eventually changed into IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. IVL was kept in the new company name due to the excellent reputation IVL was associated with.

In Swedish, the company name is IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet.

IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is a limited company owned by the Foundation for IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute (SIVL). The aim of the Foundation is to promote long-term conditions for environmental research and through ownership guarantee IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute an independent position.

SIVL is responsible for the resources (60 MSEK 2009, of which 30 MSEK is guaranteed by the Government) put at disposal for co-financed environmental research at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute.

The SIVL Board is made up of members of whom half is appointed by the industry and business world, and half by the Government. The Chairman of the Board is appointed by the Government.

The SIVL Board appoints members to the IVL Board. In the IVL Board, just as in the SIVL Board, the Government and the industry are represented with an equal number of board members.

IVL is divided into six administrative units:

  • Research
  • Business Development & Marketing
  • Organisations, Products & Processes
  • Natural Resources & Environmental Effects
  • Air Pollution & Abatement Strategies
  • Climate & Sustinable Cities

The units are collaborating in the theme areas:

  • Sustainable production
  • Sustainable building
  • Resource-efficient products and waste
  • Water
  • Climate and energy
  • Air and transport

Mission and core values
Mission: IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute works with applied research and on commission to promote ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable growth within business and society at large.

Core values: Credibility, foresight and holistic approach are core values that should permeate all operations.


Societies and Buildings

We offer services regarding sustainable buildings, waste management and energy system. Our expertise lies within economic, environmental and societal sustainability and we apply our expertise in products, buildings, regions, waste management and energy systems. We conduct research regarding energy efficiency improvement and energy systems in cities, and among other things we can analyse how a sustainable city should be built from a resource, climate ...

Socio-Economic Analyses

Socio-economics examines the allocation of society's resources and the associated impact on society. Through socio-economic analysis we identify, assess and report on the pros and cons of actions on society. We work at the intersection between politics, industry and environment and often work to answers questions such as: How are businesses affected by environmental policy? How can one compare the effectiveness of different incentive instruments? What ...

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