Workers with soil samples

Since the 1980s, Denmark and its regulatory authorities have prioritised the environment to a high degree, and this means that among other things, the country has a good overview of soil contamination and is committed to minimising the impact of past activities. 

Danish regional authorities are responsible for the monitoring of soil contamination, and in Central Denmark Region, it is the Environment Team that manages this area. 

The Central Denmark Region Environment Team works in accordance with the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is part of the Danish Ministry of the Environment.

Central Denmark Region cooperates with municipalities, consultants and developers, in order to tackle the enormous challenges posed by soil contamination. In the following text, you can learn more about the Central Denmark Region’s efforts in this important area.

Mapping potential soil contamination

In Denmark, the greatest source of soil contamination comes from the disposal of toxic waste. Most of this waste has been buried, spilled or spread over the ground, but leaking tanks and damaged sewers have also led to soil contamination. Unfortunately, the sheer scale of contamination means that the country will need to work for many years in its efforts to remove or neutralise the soil pollutants.

Central Denmark Region is currently mapping potentially contaminated areas, i.e. areas where the soil is potentially contaminated from present or past activities. The task involves compiling a database of locations and information about activities that took place on those locations.

Frequently, local historians and local residents provide important information. Experts from the Central Denmark Region Environment Team, examine the information to determine whether the location should be described as potentially contaminated.

See a map of potentially contaminated areas in Central Denmark Region

(When the map shows, tick the "Jordforurening" box on the left and wait for areas to load).

Preliminary surveys

The Central Denmark Region Environment Team surveys specific locations that are mapped as potentially contaminated and which may pose a threat to the groundwater or which may be hazardous to people and the surrounding environment. Typically, such locations have been used for industrial purposes or as storage facilities for oil and chemicals. 

Each preliminary survey involves identifying the sources of potential contamination and, if possible, testing the soil for residue contaminants.

Personnel from the Central Denmark Region Environment Team carry out approximately half of the surveys using their own drilling equipment, while contracted private consultants carry out the other half. Central Denmark Region expects to carry out approximately 5,000 preliminary surveys over the next 30–50 years (about 125 surveys per year).

Larger surveys and prevention projects

If the contamination is potentially hazardous to people and the surrounding environment, Central Denmark Region carries out a risk assessment. As a result of the risk assessment, e.g. if the groundwater is at risk or people working or living in the area are at risk, preventative measures are taken.

Working closely together with engineering consultants, Central Denmark Region selects the optimal clean up solution with regard to technical, environmental, health and economic considerations, and puts this project out to competitive tender. Central Denmark Region expects that up to 1,000 clean-up operations will be carried out during the next 50 years.

Contact us

If you own property or are the owner of a company and have questions concerning soil contamination on your property, do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to assist you in all matters regarding soil contamination.

Phone: +45 7841 1999