The indicators are "particularly innovative," according to EU environment commissioner Margot Wallström, because they enable for the first time a comparison of local sustainability across Europe. The Commission wants EU municipalities to adopt the indicators voluntarily and report their experiences in using them. The results will be used to "highlight achievements" and develop future EU policies, it says.
Ten measures of sustainability have been chosen, five "compulsory" and five optional. The compulsory indicators are: the level of citizen satisfaction with the local community, local contribution to climate change, local passenger transport distances and modes, availability of green areas and the quality of local air. Optional indicators include how children travel to school and the share of ecolabelled products sold in the area.
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