Competitiveness White Paper disappoints on environment

Doubts about the strength of the Government's commitment to integrating environmental policy with mainstream sectoral policies have been reinforced by its White Paper on competitiveness, published on 16 December. 1 Although it contains a few token references to sustainable development and resource efficiency, the document contains no substantive analysis and announces no initiatives on business and the environment - but it does signal potential clashes ahead over a reform of planning rules for major projects and hi-tech industries.

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