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Sustainability is an investment in future economic growth

12.09.2014  16:16

The Danish Prime Minister has launched a blog: How Governments Can Drive the Green Revolution. Read the full blog post here and join the debate

By Helle Thorning-Schmidt
As prime minister of a country that for decades has worked towards a green society, I am fully aware that the green transition is not an easy task. In order to succeed, governments, the business community and citizens need to join hands. To educate and innovate together.

The global financial crisis, the mounting pressure on the world’s resources and the immense climate and environmental challenges have placed sustainability on top of the international agenda. Sustainability as a mean to meet these challenges, but increasingly also as a viable business model for governments and businesses alike.

Sustainability is an investment in future economic growth, new market opportunities and job creation. And it is an important social parameter to secure a more harmonious society in which economic growth is not causing polluted air, water and soil. The people of China as well as Denmark are affected by the environment where they live, and we, as politicians, need to address their concerns in a way that benefits the entire society and creates a strong foundation for a prosperous future.

As prime minister of a country that for decades has worked towards a green society, I am fully aware that the green transition is not an easy task. In order to succeed, governments, the business community and citizens need to join hands. To educate and innovate together.The global financial crisis, the mounting pressure on the world’s resources and the immense climate and environmental challenges have placed sustainability on top of the international agenda. Sustainability as a mean to meet these challenges, but increasingly also as a viable business model for governments and businesses alike.Sustainability is an investment in future economic growth, new market opportunities and job creation. And it is an important social parameter to secure a more harmonious society in which economic growth is not causing polluted air, water and soil. The people of China as well as Denmark are affected by the environment where they live, and we, as politicians, need to address their concerns in a way that benefits the entire society and creates a strong foundation for a prosperous future.

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