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Europangatähti tootes ja jaotades püüab Euroopa Keskpank kasutada loodusvarasid säästlikult, et säilitada keskkonna kvaliteeti ja kaitsta inimeste tervist.


2003. aastal koostas EKP uurimuse europangatähtede keskkonnamõju kohta. Uurimuses leiti, et europangatähtede keskkonnamõju kogu kasutustsükli jooksul võrdub sellega, kui iga Euroopa Liidu elanik läbib autoga ühe kilomeetri või jätab 60-vatise elektripirni pooleks päevaks põlema. Pangatähtede kasutustsükkel hõlmab tootmist, ladustamist, ringlust ja kasutuskõlbmatuks muutunud rahatähtede käitlemist.

EKP on koostöös pangatähtede tootmissektoriga sisse seadnud eurosüsteemi keskkonnahaldussüsteemi, et jätkata keskkonnakaitset parimal võimalikul viisil.


Europangatähed on ohutud. Sõltumatud katsed on kinnitanud, et kõigi europangatähtedes sisalduvate keemiliste ainete sisaldus jääb märgatavalt allapoole Euroopa Liidu õigusaktidega sätestatud piirmäärasid.

Enne pangatähtede kasutuselevõttu 2002. aasta jaanuaris kontrolliti neid suukaudse toksilisuse, nahaärrituste ja genotoksilisuse võimalike riskide suhtes.

Sama puhtad kui krediitkaardid

Europangatähtedelt on kontrollimisel leitud väheses koguses tavapäraseid baktereid, mis on pärit näiteks toidukauplustest. Bakterite hulk on siiski nii väike, et need ei põhjusta mingeid sümptomeid. Krediitkaartidel on tavaliselt sama palju baktereid kui pangatähtedel.

Aeg-ajalt on eurosüsteemi poole pöördutud erinevate ainetega seotud küsimustes. Kõigil juhtudel oli ainete kontsentratsioon kas piisavalt väike, et ei ohustanud tervist, või puudus kõnealune aine pangatähtede sisaldusest täielikult.



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