Sustainable development panel seeks greening of Whitehall

The Government has been taken to task for its failure to accept the Panel on Sustainable Development's recommendations on green procurement, environmental accounts, Government subsidies and overfishing. The Panel's new report also urges new measures on marine biodiversity and a greening of the construction industry.1

The report, the Panel's fourth, is the thinnest to date on new policy thinking, and much of its value lies in its criticisms of Government responses to its previous recommendations. It tackles four new issues:

  • Marine biodiversity: The Panel points out that very few marine habitats have been identified for protection in the UK's Biodiversity Action Plan, and controls over pollution, habitat destruction and exploitation of marine resou

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