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 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.