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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:-

  1. Social progress which recognises the needs of everyone.
  2. Effective protection of the environment.
  3. Prudent use of natural resources.
  4. Maintenance of high and stable levels of economic growth and employment.

The UK Government launched its strategy, Securing The Future: for sustainable development, which takes account of the following:

  • 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 recognise that sustainability must be integral to all of our projects and programmes in the community, and in line with our strategies and policies.

What we aim to do

Land Use/Economic Development

The council aims to:

  • Continue to achieve a more sustainable pattern of development and minimise the need to travel with the Dudley Borough Development Strategy.
  • Continue to develop local initiatives that promote sustainable development in consultation with local communities.
  • Explore the potential for the development of a sustainable tourism strategy.
  • Restore derelict, contaminated and unstable land.
  • To promote the reclamation and the development of Castle Gate, Dudley to provide employment opportunities.

Conservation of the Building

The Council aims to:

  • Implement the conservation, access and awareness measures detailed in the Councils strategic document: "Dudley countryside strategy".
  • Implement the action plan for nature conservation in Dudley.
  • Review the condition and proposals for canal improvements throughout the borough.
  • Pursue the designation of Wrens Nest and Castle Hill as a world heritage site.
  • Update a list of locally important buildings and structures.
  • Prepare Biodiversity Action Plan.

Energy Efficiency

The Council aims to:

  • Extend energy efficiency studies in Council buildings (approx 6 per year up to 2000).
  • Monitor energy usage in all Council buildings with a view to meeting the governments target of a 3% reduction of carbon dioxide per year up to the Millennium. The corresponding financial savings will also be monitored.
  • Produce a management plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions across the borough. This will take account of:
    • the Friends of the Earth climate resolution, the aim of which is to significantly reduce CO2 emissions by the year 2005
    • the European Union's target to return emission levels to the 1990 level by the end of the century.
  • Investigate the use of electric power and other sources of alternative fuels for our vehicle fleet
  • Encourage people to be more energy conscious in their own homes through education and advice, thus reducing pollution.

Pollution

The Council aims to:

  • Continue its programme of assessing the potential environmental impacts associated with new development including noise, air pollution and land contamination and ensure that these impacts are minimised or offset in the most appropriate fashion.
  • Implement the Dudley MBC Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy to meet its obligations under Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act (1990), thereby enabling the council to tackle the historical legacy of unsustainable development.
  • Develop an action plan to improve air quality across the borough and encourage modal shift towards more sustainable forms of transport.
  • Encourage more sustainable waste disposal practices including reuse and recycling and discourage polluting practices such as bonfires and fly-tipping
  • Consult with a wide range of stakeholders including government, employers, other regulatory bodies and related professions, non-government organisations, educational bodies and the general public in formulating more sustainable policies for the future.

Purchasing

The Council aims to:

  • Maximise the environmental and socio-economic benefits of goods and services purchased, particularly through the use, where practicable, of locally-sourced goods and services.
  • Conserve energy, water, wood, paper and other resources, particular those which are scarce or non-renewable, while still providing a safe and comfortable environment for the citizens we serve and staff employed.
  • Reduce waste by purchasing refurbished and recycled products and materials where such alternatives are available, affordable and fit for their purpose;
  • Encourage manufactures, suppliers and contractors through specifications to develop environmentally and socially preferable goods and services at competitive prices.
  • Work with contractors to improve their environmental and social performance where this is relevant to the contract, and to the achievement of value for money;
  • Ensure that all suppliers, contractors and fund managers support the welfare and rights of both their own employees and those of subsidiary companies supplying components and raw materials used in the manufacturing process;
  • Minimise pollution resulting from the manufacture, use and eventual disposal of goods purchased;
    Phase out ozone-depleting substances and minimising releases of greenhouse gases, volatile organic compounds, vehicle emissions and other substances with the potential to do damage to health and the environment (e.g. through the purchase of energy-efficient work equipment and low emissions vehicles);
  • Ensure that any products derived from wildlife and other natural resources, such as timber, plants and leather goods, are from ecologically sustainable sources that comply with EC and other international trading rules such as CITES (the Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species).

Transport and Access

The Council aims to:

  • Develop a sustainable transport strategy for the borough which puts forward actions to promote alternative forms of transport and raise awareness of the public.
  • Develop a cycling strategy which includes an action plan to increase the number of cycleways in the Borough.
  • Implement a strategic network of green paths.
  • Lower personal injury rates in line with the council's accident prevention strategy.
  • Achieve the Midland Metro Link (light rail system) and in doing so, ensure it maximises the opportunities for economic revitalisation and urban regeneration.
  • Secure implementation of Dudley Southern By Pass and the greater Brierley Hill transport package.
  • Implement measures to improve public transport provision, cycling and walking facilities and junction improvements at Merry Hill.

Waste Management

The council aims to:

  • Instigate schemes to exceed the governments target to recover value from 40% of municipal waste by a combination of recycling, composting and waste to energy and achieve over 75% recycling of waste within a 3 year period.
  • Increase the number of recycling sites to 300 by the year 2000.
  • Set annual targets to reduce paper usage and to recycle waste paper within the Council.
  • Extend awareness to all sectors of the community about waste minimisation and recycling.

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