Case study: the Government sector

  • D. A. Everest


Public concern regarding the protection and improvement of the environment* is a growing political pressure concentrated mainly, but not exclusively, in the economically advanced countries, with environmental protection increasingly being presented as a moral issue. This viewpoint is reflected in the UK Government environment White Paper (1990) which states (para. 1.14) that ‘the starting point in this Government is the ethical imperative of stewardship which must underline all environmental policies’, and that ‘we have a moral duty to look after our planet and to hand it on in good order to future generations’. These principles are expressed in the term ‘sustainable development’: not sacrificing tomorrow’s development for an often illusory gain today. The Government considers that to achieve this end required the full integration of environmental considerations into economic policy, and that economic development and environmental protection need not be irrevocably opposing principles. Development provides the wealth to invest in cleaner methods of production and to husband natural resources.


Carbon Dioxide Emission United Nations Environment Programme Vehicle Emission Government Sector Royal Commission 
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