Cash for Danish farmers to leave land to cut CO2

Denmark plans to give farmers grants to set aside their land so its soil holds more carbon dioxide. A pot of 165 million crowns or krone (£17m) is earmarked for […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Denmark plans to give farmers grants to set aside their land so its soil holds more carbon dioxide.

A pot of 165 million crowns or krone (£17m) is earmarked for the project in 2015, its government announced today, with a little more than half of this coming from Danish coffers and the rest from the EU.

Between 2014-2017 the Danish Government expects 2,500 hectares of natural land could be freed up.

Today the Danish Environment Minister Kirsten Brosbøl said the swathes of land will “never get sprayed or drained”.

Leaving the land free to its own devices will have a “lasting imprint on the landscape and continue to benefit the environment for years to come”, added Denmark’s Climate, Energy and Building Minister, Rasmus Petersen.

Today the Danish Government published its Budget for 2015 with spending on several energy saving and environmental projects.