The Environmental Audit Committee has launched its first inquiry of the new Parliament with calls for evidence on the Government’s approach to sustainable development. Its website says:
“Promoting sustainable development – which for the purposes of this inquiry includes protecting the environment, supporting the low carbon economy and improving wellbeing – could be worth billions of pounds to the UK economy. …”
The committee is inviting responses on the following questions:
- What key policies are needed over the course of this Parliament to adequately protect the environment, promote growth in the low carbon sector and improve wellbeing?
- Does the Government’s current fiscal and legislative agenda accord with the action required and, if not, why not and where might it be improved?
- Where should responsibility lie in Government for ensuring the sustainable development approach is adopted by all Government departments?
- What metrics could the Committee use to monitor the Government’s performance on sustainable development over the course of the Parliament?