The UK has made strong progress in decoupling economic growth from environmental pressures such as air pollution, carbon dioxide emissions and water abstraction, according to the OECD. In its first progress report on the UK's green policies since 1994, the organisation goes on to warn that "considerable effort and investment will be necessary for the UK to consolidate and extend implementation of environmental policies".
Waste management is named as a key area of concern. Municipal waste generation is rising at a similar rate to GDP, while UK recycling rates are "trailing those of comparable EU countries", the report notes. It urges the government to introduce "measures to encourage waste minimisation" such as charges for household waste - a topic that has recently been a bone of contention in the UK (EED 11/07/02).
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