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CALL FOR WDA TO CREATE GREEN ENTERPRISE CULTURE

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Many of the policies being pursued by the Welsh assembly to create a healthier economy do not appear to fit in with...
Many of the policies being pursued by the Welsh assembly to create a healthier economy do not appear to fit in with other drives to promote sustainable development, according to Margaret Minhinnick, director of Sustainable Wales.

In a letter to The Western Mail (24 June, p12) she says: 'The targets given to the Welsh Development Agency to create new jobs in Wales show some understanding of the indigenous strengths of the Welsh economy.

'However, it is disappointing that this economic strategy does not appear to fit in with other policies, for example the waste strategy and the national assembly's sustinable development duty.

'The former requires a substantial reduction in landfill and the latter an integrated approach to decision making for environmental protection. The WDA will rightly retain an emphasis on renewable energy. Why not now create a duty for the WDA to support environmentally friendly businesses such as community recycling schemes, which can create 9,000 jobs in Wales?'

She concludes: 'To ensure that objective 1 funding has lasting impact Wales must possess a flourishing culture of small businesses with creative environmnetally friendly ideas. The WDA still has to show it understands this.'
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