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WELSH COUNCILS ARE TAKING SUSTAINABILITY SERIOUSLY

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The Welsh Local Government Association has rejected World Wildlife Fund Cymru's ...
The Welsh Local Government Association has rejected World Wildlife Fund Cymru's criticismsthat Welsh local authorities are not taking sustainability seriously.

WLGA environment spokesman John Hopkins said:

'Sustainable development is something that effects all of us and local government in Wales is playing its part. There are many examples of good practice within Wales:

* Caerphilly CBC is using money from both the public and private sectors to undertake energy efficiency improvements to their housing stock in order to alleviate fuel poverty.

* Powys CC is one of the first authorities in the UK to use solar power for public buildings.

* In my own authority, Blaenau Gwent, we have formed a green team chaired by the executive member to co-ordinate action across the local authority.

'Welsh local government is looking at how they buy into sustainable development through the goods and services they procure. For example, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Anglesey are piloting social clauses that will require construction firms to train long-term unemployed people as part of the contract.'

'The area of waste is a good example of the problems and opportunities posed by sustainable development. All local authorities in Wales are actively promoting recycling through the development of kerbside recycling schemes but for these to be successful we need to change the way in which people live - we all need to recycle more and think about what we purchase.'

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