Targets for sustainable developmentGovernment fails to act on White Paper promises

The Government is failing to fulfil many of the commitments made in its annual White Papers on the environment. The major reorientation of environmental policy to favour the use of market mechanisms promised in last year's White Paper has not materialised. And action on numerous initiatives on air, water, waste, contaminated land, hazardous substances and other issues, some promised as far back as the mid-1980s, has not been forthcoming.

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