The Danish model of sustainable development was lauded yesterday at the World Cities Summit, Singapore International Water Week and CleanEnviro Summit — which are being held currently — but it did not happen overnight, said Denmark’s Minister for the Environment Kirsten Brosbol.
Denmark’s success in this area is the result of “brave political choices”, regulations, incentive-oriented policies and holistic planning, she said at two dialogue sessions. The global energy crisis in the 1970s served as a push factor towards renewable energy, and its Government has given businesses a stable framework oriented towards sustainability, Ms Brosbol added. Also, the Danes’ easy access to nature drives their willingness to protect it, she said.
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