Sustainability is about improving the quality of life for our communities now, whilst simultaneously considering wider implications, such as resource-use, energy-efficiency or long-term issues. Sustainable development is the process by which we aim to move towards a more sustainable society.
The UK's Sustainable Development Strategy, published in May 1999, defined sustainable development in terms of four objectives:-
- Social progress which recognises the needs of everyone
- Effective protection of the environment
- Prudent use of natural resources
- Maintenance of high and stable levels of economic growth and employment
The UK Government launched its new strategy for sustainable development, Securing The Future, in conjunction with a Strategic Framework on 7 March, 2005. The Strategy takes account of developments since the 1999 Strategy, both domestically and internationally; the changed structure of government in the UK with devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; greater emphasis on delivery at regional level and the new relationship between government and local authorities.
Dudley Council recognises that the concepts of sustainability must be integral to all that we do from projects and programmes in the community, and through all our strategies and policies.