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FOREWORD

CHEMICALS INITIATIVES
2014-17

In October 2013 the Danish Government established a broad agreement with all the parliamentary parties on strong Danish chemicals initiatives for the period 2014-2017. The agreement will ensure that children and adults can live without fear of becoming ill because of chemicals, and that people, animals and plant-life can thrive in a healthy environment. This may sound simple enough, but in a world where chemicals are a vital part of our lives, this is no easy task. Chemicals are in our clothes. They are in shampoo. And they are in our mobile phones. Everywhere we go, we are surrounded by chemicals. They help make our skin feel softer, make paint cover better and make bicycle tyres last longer. Fortunately, by far the majority of the chemicals around us are not hazardous for either people or the environment. However, we need to manage those which are harmful, and we must work actively to seek better alternatives. We are well on the way in Denmark and internationally, but there is still a lot of work ahead. The agreement on the Chemicals Initiatives 2014-2017 is a strong step forward on the road to life without toxins.

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Chemical Initiatives 2014-17 is based upon the political agreement of October 2013, with all  the parties in Folketinget, the Danish Parliament.
Chemical Initiatives 2014-17 will be continued under the government Lars Løkke Rasmussen II by the Minister for Environment and Food  Eva Kjer Hansen.
The website is updated continuously under “Behind the Chemicals initiatives”.

 

The Chemicals Initiatives
2014-17 is divided into 3 sections

1.
INTERNATIONAL
COLLABORATION

Danmark har gennem mange år spillet en toneangivende rolle inden for den fælles europæiske indsats omkring kemikalier. Og den position vil vi bevare – og gerne forstærke – i de kommende år. Kun ved at engagere os aktivt i vigtige internationale fora, kan vi opnå maksimal indflydelse og være med til at sikre, at alle lande stræber mod en ensartet og ambitiøs regulering.

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2.
NON-TOXIC
PRODUCT

Det kræver en enorm indsats at opbygge den nødvendige viden om faren ved de forskellige kemikalier. Derfor er nøgleordene for en prioriteret indsats faglig viden, risikovurdering, information, kontrol og samarbejde mellem myndigheder og interessenter – både nationalt og internationalt.

 

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3.
CIRCULATING
RESOURCES

Mange af verdens naturlige ressourcer vil slippe op inden for en overskuelig årrække, hvis vi fortsætter med at forbruge dem i det tempo, vi gør nu. Derfor er det afgørende at sætte fokus på ressourcer – også på kemikalieområdet.

 

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