UK investigates resource use revolution

Government report urges Dutch-style long-term planning to help boost resource productivity

A report published today by the UK prime minister's office has recommended a sustained push to improve resource productivity, beginning with adoption of long-term environmental performance targets. The report comes one year after prime minister Tony Blair called for an environmental reawakening with better resource-use efficiency as a central aim (EED 24/10/00).

Building on Mr Blair's apparent fondness for resource efficiency, the report sets out national policy options as well as representing the UK's view on how to take forward debate in the context of the EU's sustainable development strategy and its sixth environmental action programme. As proposed by the European Commission, the latter has improved resource use as one of its priority action areas (EED 08/01/01).

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