By Nicola Griffith [This is an essay in the old sense of the word. I'm not here to pick fights or bludgeon anyone with my point of view on SF1. I want to explore, to wander a little. I've used footnotes not as a scholarly buttress but in an attempt to keep this exploration from becoming a hopeless tangle.
Our future, Our choice' - The Sixth Environment Action Programme Presented by the Commission Executive Summary Context for the new programme A healthy environment is essential to long term prosperity and quality of life and citizens in Europe demand a high level of environmental protection.
Future economic development and increasing prosperity will put pressure on the planet's capacity to sustain demands for resources or to absorb pollution. At the same time, high environmental standards are an engine for innovation and business opportunities. Overall, society must work to de-couple environmental impacts and degradation from economic growth.
Business must operate in a more eco-efficient way, in other words producing the same or more products with less input and less waste, and consumption patterns have to become more sustainable. In the European Union, thirty years of environment policy has led to a comprehensive system of environmental controls.
The 5th Environment Action Programme'Towards Sustainability', took new measures and a broader commitment to integration of environmental concerns into other policies.
The Global Assessment of the programme concluded that while progress was being made in cutting pollution levels in some areas, problems remained and the environment would continue to deteriorate unless: This context has guided the strategic focus of the Sixth Environmental Action Programme, which effectively sets the environmental objectives and priorities that will be an integral part of the European Community's strategy for sustainable development.
The programme sets out the major priorities and objectives for environment policy over the next five to ten years and details the measures to be taken. A strategic approach to meeting our environmental objectives Environment policy must be innovative in its approach and seek new ways of working with a wide cross section of society.
Implementation of existing environmental legislation needs to be improved. Vigorous legal action through the European Court of Justice should be combined with support for best practices and a policy of public information to 'name, fame and shame'.
Integration of environmental concerns into other policies must be deepened, for example all Commission policy initiatives should be fully assessed in this light. Progress should be measured through indicators and benchmarking. Working with the market through business and consumer interests will contribute to more sustainable production and consumption patterns.
Business should not simply be penalised for failure but schemes should be introduced to reward good performance. Consumers need useful information to allow them to choose environmentally benevolent products, thus driving the market. Public subsidies should promote environmentally friendly practices.
Business must be encouraged to innovate, for example seizing the opportunities offered by the use, development and spread of clean technologies. Individual citizens make daily decisions that directly or indirectly impact the environment.
Better quality and easily accessible information on the environment and on practical matters will help shape opinions and thus decisions. Land use planning and management decisions in the Member States can have a major influence on the environment, leading to fragmentation of the countryside and pressures in urban areas and the coast.
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