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Government and the Environment

Danish government positions on the environment are broadly summarized here:

Denmark strongly advocates environmental protection and makes its own contribution. The motto is sustainable development. The economic growth must not damage the environment or put a strain on nature.

Means to achieve this include taxes on energy consumption and waste water discharge. Although it could reduce the CO2 emission, nuclear power will not be introduced in Denmark. 66% of all waste is recycled. The Danes use water sparingly, resulting in a usage reduction of almost 30% over the last 10 years.

The bathing water is clean. In 2004, bathing was only prohibited on 8.5 km of the total 5,400 km of bathing beach. The cars run on unleaded petrol. More than 6% of the farm land is cultivated organically. The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries conducts campaigns against salmonella and other threats to food healthiness and increasingly publishes the names of offenders. Shopkeepers and consumers together watch out for genetically modified food.

LastUpdate: 2015-04-18 13:27:24