Luxembourg issues sustainable development plan

Government draft focuses on improved management of biodiversity, water, air, waste, soil

The Luxembourg government has published a draft national plan for sustainable development. Possible introduction of an energy tax is discussed as well as tax breaks for economic activities "with ecological or social benefits". However, most of the priorities focus on developing improved management systems for biodiversity, water, air, waste and soil.

The plan was published in late July and distributed, according to Greenpeace Luxembourg, to all households in addition to businesses and relevant organisations. A consultation period will continue until the end of September. A government spokesperson told ENDS Daily that dates for a parliamentary debate on the plan had not been confirmed.

In fact the plan is virtually, if not absolutely, identical to a previous version published in May 1999. Government sources were unable to explain today why this was, but Greenpeace told ENDS Daily that the original document had been sidelined by elections and a change in the government last year only to be republished this summer.

Follow Up:
Luxembourg environment ministry, tel: +352 4781, and the sustainable development plan; Greenpeace Luxembourg, tel: +352 54 62 52.

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