Next year's Swedish national budget statement should include environmental indicators for the first time, following presentation of an initial indicator set by an official advisory committee on Friday. The Swedish Environmental Advisory Council made detailed proposals for 11 indicators; another six are still under development. The government hopes to include the indicators in budget statements as a way of stimulating debate on the relationship between economic development and environmental issues, according to a Council expert. The first set of 11 indicators were chosen because they "show the main environmental problems as well as the factors behind the problems, such as energy use," Mona Blomdin Persson told ENDS Daily. The indicators include measures of energy and electricity consumption, emissions of pollutants to air and sea, transport, waste, forest protection, and certification to environmental management standards by companies. The six indicators to follow include measures of biodiversity, chemical use, and public and private purchasing of environmentally-friendly goods, according to the Council, and could be included in national budgets from 2000. Five proposed indicators have been dropped since the Council proposed its initial ideas in January (ENDS Daily 26 January).
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