Danish golf industry goes for green

Denmark's environment minister Connie Hedegaard has negotiated a deal with the national golfers' union (DGU) and association of local authorities (KL) for sustainable operation of golf courses. The agreement includes implementation of green accounting and higher priority for environmental concerns when building new courses. It also includes a commitment to cut the use of pesticides on golf courses to one quarter of 2002 levels by 2008, and ultimately to phase them out altogether. Pesticide reduction has been a long-standing policy aim of past and present Danish governments (EED 13/10/03). See press release.

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