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14 November 2005 | Printer friendly

Swedish report calls for a better environment for children

In 2005, the progress report published by the Environmental Objectives Council in Sweden has focuses on children and their sensitivity to environmental factors. It stressed that three of the most common environmental hazards to children are: damp and mould that increase the risks of asthma for children, air pollutants in the form of particulates and nitrogen oxides entailing a heightened risk of impaired lung function in children, and traffic noise as a cause of sleep deprivation and learning difficulties.

Another aspect being raised by the report is the difficulty for Sweden to apply strong environmental friendly measures separately from the EU legislation. This is particularly true concerning four objectives:
- Non-toxic environment
- Zero eutrophication
- Sustainable forests
- Reduced climate impact

Therefore, the Swedish government is strongly involved in the evolution of the REACH legislation being currently discussed in the EU institutions, hoping to have it rigorous and effective to gain a better control of toxic substances in new products.

Moreover, if further action is taken for children’s environmental health, it will also be part of the Swedish implementation of the WHO’s CEHAPE (Children’s Environment and health Action Plan for Europe) in which each country from the Pan European Region is committed.

Background

The Environmental Objectives Council was set up in Sweden in order to coordinate and monitor the fifteen environmental quality objectives to be attained by the year 2020, adopted by the Swedish parliament in 1999. These quality objectives’ purpose is to face environmental issues at stake today and improve the environment for the future generations. They follow three main strategies:
- more efficient energy use and transport,
- non-toxic and resource-efficient cyclical systems,
- the management of land, water and the built environment.

- Find out more on the Swedish Environmental Objectives Council


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