Environmental protection takes place on many levels. Protection of the environment is linked in many ways to economic activity. Examples are the investments of the state and the economy in environmental protection, jobs that are created by environmental protection.
Economic development and environmental and climate protection are closely related. These relationships often play an important role when, for example, climate protection measures are discussed. On the one hand, it is clear that today’s, often not yet sustainable, economic practices impair or even destroy the natural foundations of life and that changes are necessary. However, fears are often expressed that specific changes, such as certain climate protection measures, will endanger economic development.
How are environmental protection and the power tools economy-related?
Natural resources and raw materials are often the basis for the manufacture of goods. The more is consumed, the more natural resources and raw materials are required. This pollutes the environment. One example is the extraction of raw materials such as ores and rare-earth for the automotive, power tools and electronics industries. Some of these are mined in South American or African protected areas, and the soil and water can be contaminated with heavy metals, acids or radioactivity.
Production processes can also have harmful effects on the environment and the climate. This releases greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants. Most emissions come from the metal industry, for example from steel production, from the production of mineral materials such as cement and from the chemical industry.
Environmental protection and the power tools economy: What possible solutions are there?
The examples of the globalization of the economy make it clear that the environmental problems associated with the production of goods also cross national borders. Causes and effects are interrelated in complex ways and often affect different regions of the world.
Traditionally, the economy and the environment were seen as separate policy areas, each with its own regulatory systems. However, ecology and economy belong together. A healthy environment and careful use of natural resources are prerequisites for long-term stable economic and social development. Climate change affects all countries. It is at the centre of international politics. And climate change also massively affect the economy. That is why climate protection, the protection of natural resources and sustainable development are fundamentally incorporated into economic policy programs and international treaties.