Economy and environment: do we really have to choose?

According to an EU report published today, the emergence of the UK from its economic crisis may pose a threat to the country’s shift towards more sustainable lifestyles.

The UK analysis, put together by the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), warns that Britain’s increasing reliance on overseas manufacturing to meet consumer demand will continue to cause “‘off-shoring” of greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts“. So, while UK environmental statistics may show a positive trend, the global figures might tell quite another tale.

Environment minister Caroline Spelman commented, “The UK is serious about the need to adapt to the impacts of climate change, and we’re working on the first ever risk assessment, so that we can plan for the challenges climate change will inevitably bring.

“Many of the issues highlighted in the report are reflected in Defra’s priorities, and the natural environment white paper – which we’ll be publishing in the spring – will set out how we intend to reduce the UK’s environmental impact.”

According to Jacqueline McGlade, executive director of Defra, environmental considerations should be integral to all production, consumption and global trade decisions. Commenting on the report, Ms McGlade added “There are no quick fixes, but regulators, businesses and citizens need to work together and find ways to use our resources more effectively,”.

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