Commission trims EU sustainability indicators

Only one environment policy metric remains as officials aim to boost "logic and visibility"

The European Commission has slashed the number of headline policy indicators it wants to include in the annual "spring report" with which it informs EU leaders of progress towards sustainable development and economic renewal.

The proposed number of indicators has been cut from 42 last year to just fourteen. Only one indicator out of seven directly related to environment impact remains: total greenhouse gas emissions. Two others also have environmental policy links: energy intensity of the economy and the volume of transport relative to GDP.

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