Dutch industry environment spending up

Environmental spending by Dutch industry rose by 7% from 1999 to 2000 to reach euros 1.9bn, according to the national statistical office. The total includes not only investments but also interest, depreciation and current costs such as maintenance relating to past investments. Actual investments in 2000 amounted to euros 0.5bn; other costs were over euros 1bn. Highest spending levels were found in chemicals firms, followed by the oil and food sectors. See longer Dutch-language press release and shorter English-language version.

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