Sweden reports sustainability plan progress

First annual report to parliament notes busy first year to ensure achievement of 93 sustainability goals

The Swedish government presented a report on its sustainable development programme on Friday, marking the first anniversary of prime minister Göran Persson's pledge to achieve national sustainability within one generation (ENDS Daily 22 September 1997). The report records progress made so far in setting up new administrative and other structures aimed at helping Sweden achieve 93 sustainable development goals published by the government last September. Among its achievements in the year since Mr Persson's pledge, the government notes the overhaul of environmental policy to create a new environmental code (ENDS Daily 29 June), the adoption of new environmental quality objectives, and introduction of new policy on reducing chemical risks (ENDS Daily 15 May). Energy and transport taxation policies are under review and the government is currently consulting on the role of business in reaching sustainability. It has also announced significant investments in local authority programmes for sustainable development. First proposals for 10-12 indicators of sustainability are expected to be released next week.

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