Monitoring progress towards sustainable development
Through the work on the National
Strategy for Sustainable Development, a set of indicators has
been developed to monitor developments in relation to key
objectives and activities in the Strategy. The indicator report
indicators 2003" was presented in November 2003. The latest version
of the report, Key
indicators 2004, was presented in April 2005.
indicators will be a basis for reporting on progress towards sustainable
development. In connection with the Strategy, a set of indicators
have been developed that can follow developments in relation to
key objectives and activities in the Strategy for Sustainable Development.
The set of indicators comprises a small number of overall key indicators
for each of the targets of the Strategy. The indicators focus on
developments and results in relation to the Strategy objectives
for sustainable development. The indicators will be continuously
developed in the light of international work on indicators for sustainable
development, and will be presented every year on a special website
for sustainable development.
Against the background of reports on the results achieved in implementing
the Strategy, the Government will take steps to assess and adjust
the National Strategy for Sustainable Development. The strategy
will be adjusted on a regular basis, and the need for new targets
will be assessed.
The Danish indicators consist of two groups:
- An overall set of Key Indicators which describe developments
and results in relation to the Strategy's eight overall objectives
and principles. This set comprises 14 indicators.
- A detailed, specific set of indicators which address individual
action areas, describing developments and results in relation
to some of the Strategy's targets and activities. This set comprises
Read more about the indicators on the
Danish Environmental Protection Agency's website. Also, see
Government's indicator report (2002).
Denmark has also published a State of the Environment Report every four
years since 1993. The most recent is the 2005
report, which was published in september 2005 and is the
fourth in the series.
The reports are issued by
The National environmental research institute (NERI, in Danish
"Danmarks Miljøundersøgelser"), which is
an institute within the Ministry of Environment. NERI's tasks include
research, monitoring and scientific consultancy in the nature
and environment areas.
The main future challenges identified by the NERI in this latest
report are climate change, continuing pressure on surface water
quality and natural habitats, public health, and consumption of
NERI is also responsible for Denmark's official reports on greenhouse gas emissions under the UN Convention on Climate Change. Read the latest report here.
More updated statistics on energy and the environment are available from the Statistics Denmark website.
[Last updated: 31.08.2007]