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Nordic capital regions towards "zero" pollution


Event associated with the European Green Week 2021


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General information

The Zero Pollution Action Plan identifies pollution as one of the major planetary or ecological crises facing us today and is intrinsically interlinked with climate, biodiversity and the protection of natural resources. It sets out a long-term vision for 2050 by which it aims to reduce environmental pollution in water, air and soil to levels that are not harmful to human health and natural ecosystems, thus putting the health of citizens at the heart of the strategy.

On the other hand, each and every action envisaged in the European Green Pact contains a pollution dimension. This indicates that the transition towards "zero" pollution has now become a cross-cutting issue.

Through this action plan, the various specific pollution prevention objectives previously set out in other legislation are now grouped together, in an integrated and comprehensive manner, into six objectives, which in turn are structured around three main areas: health, production and consumption.

The capital regions of the four Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark) are leaders in the green transition, not only at European level but also globally. These regions have developed a number of very diverse pollution prevention and remediation projects ranging from the development of a network of air quality monitoring mechanisms to climate adaptation through nature-based solutions and Virtual Reality.

The projects are as follows:

Denmark's capital region: strategic approach and innovative solutions for soil and groundwater remediation.

  • Oslo Region: climate adaptation through nature-based solutions and Virtual Reality technology (PHUSICOS project).
  • City of Helsinki: HOPE project for innovative urban actions on air quality.
  • City of Stockholm: implementation of the Stockholm water policy in relation to EU legislative initiatives.
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