The two initiatives are the result of government-to-business "dialogues" between the sectoral groupings and the Swedish environmental advisory council (EAC), an official body. The pledges are likely to mark a first step towards "sustainability" voluntary agreements between industry and government, according to Maria Delvin of the EAC.
The construction industry's "build/live" dialogue focused on achieving "energy solutions," and the target date coincides with the government's deadline for integrating sustainable development into all sectoral policies "within a generation" (ENDS Daily 22 September 1997).
Pilot projects to coordinate manufacturer-to-retailer freight transport - particularly of commodities and internet-ordered goods - were important ingredients in the "future retail" group's bid to halve road transportation of commodities, the EAC adds.
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