Clean air in Denmark – dedicated efforts since 1970

This publication provides readers with the lessons learned in Denmark relating to the abatement of Danish air pollution. It explores such topics as environmental regulation and energy policy in a Danish context, the specific pollutants that have negative impacts, and the abatement strategies that have been carried out in Denmark.

Impacts of air pollution include; health effects related to episodic events as well as to long-term exposure, loss of biodiversity due to acidification and eutrophication, degradation of stratospheric ozon layer that protects life on earth from UV radiation, loss of crops due to ozone stress in the lower atmosphere as well as climate change due to releases of climate forces in the form of greenhouse gasses and particles.

Chapters

The first chapter of this publication describes a chain of events that begins with activities in society, which lead to atmospheric emissions, from which follow an impact on health, the environment and climate, leading to mankind’s response as we try to prevent negative impacts from taking place.

The following two chapters concern environmental regulation and energy policy in a Danish context.

The subsequent nine chapters outline the specific pollutants that have negative impacts, and detail the abatement strategies that have been carried out in Denmark. The pollutants (and their eff ects) are sulphur (acidifi cation), carbon monoxide (health), nitrogen (eutrophication and health), airborne particles (health and climate), organic pollutants (health and climate), ground level ozone (health), organic hazardous pollutants (health and the food web), heavy metals (health), CFC gases (degradation of stratospheric ozone), and greenhouse gases (climate).

The last chapter of the publication provides a summary of the lessons learned in Denmark relating to the abatement of Danish air pollution.