Praise for Wales' Climate Change Strategy in Economic Agenda
WALES has been praised for its climate change policy in a report which also called for a more "joined up" approach between the UK's regions and countries.
The authors of the report were "particularly impressed" by the establishment of a Climate Change Commission in Wales and praised the country's economic development strategy which has ensured for the first time that "sustainable development is reflected in assessments of progress in delivering their economic agenda".
The report added that environmental objectives in Wales - such as the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resource efficiency - offer commercial opportunities for environmental goods and services.
It said it would be good to see this developed further in the Welsh strategy, especially if this could explore the link between these opportunities and Wales' science policy and academic centres of excellence.
The BT-sponsored report by the UK Centre for Economic and Environmental Development, which examinedthe sustainable development strategies of every English region, Wales and Scotland, recommends better sharing of best practice and "more crossing of regional boundaries" by successful initiatives.
It says communication between nations and regions could be improved by initiatives such as an online directory of sustainable development case studies, policies and practices, and an annual UK-wide conference or round table.
"There is a real need to improve the way in which the experience gained from these initiatives is shared and used to stimulate further good practice," states the BT-sponsored report by the UK Centre for Economic and Environmental Development. …