Sustainable developments 2010
SD Scene, the UK Government’s sustainable development newsletter, relaunched in early 2010 as a monthly e-newsletter and regularly updated news website.
As we reach the end of the year, we look back at the articles that most caught our readers’ attention in each month of the year.
January saw the launch of Food 2030, the first UK food strategy for 50 years, identifying long-term sustainability of our food system as a central concern. Priorities included healthier diets, resilient supply and sustainable production.
In February, a year on from the launch of its carbon reduction strategy for England, the NHS published its update on the strategy, a further step to help NHS organisations increase productivity, improve services and save carbon.
Richard Reynolds, a newly appointed London Leader for 2010, explained to SD Scene in March how guerilla gardening and the Pimp Your Pavement campaign can help make London and other cities more sustainable.
In April we reported on the publication of new guidance on adapting procurement to consider adaptation to climate change, and updated standards to help public sector buyers to buy sustainably.
Soon after the formation of the Coalition Government in May, Prime Minister David Cameron announced 10% cuts in carbon emissions across central government, promising “the greenest government ever” through “real action” not “warm words”.
In June we covered the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012′s annual review, which considered “that the London 2012 glass is half full” with progress on carbon, food and waste but more work needed to inspire sustainable behaviour.
Updated economic, social and environmental indicators published in July provided a statistical overview of the country’s progress on sustainable development, covering topics of everyday concern, from health to our environment.
Defra published the final report of the Government’s Review of the Economics of Sustainable Development in August, aiming to improve decision making in policy and provide advice, practical help and guidance to Ministers.
In September, Joanna Simpson, of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, looked at action on sustainable development across higher education, which has a unique contribution to make through research and education.
Ellen MacArthur, optimistic that the “circular economy” can inspire solutions, explained in October how she launched her Foundation to work with education and business to inspire people to re-think, re-design and build a sustainable future.
Following David Cameron’s announcement in May that this would be the “greenest government ever”, in November Defra published a new action plan to drive sustainable operations and procurement across Government.
In December we reported on the Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into embedding sustainable development in Government, welcomed by Caroline Spelman as “an excellent example of how Parliament can hold Government to account on sustainable development.”
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