ROAD TRAFFIC reduction and brownfield housing development will be two of the 14 'headline indicators' used by Government to measure the UK's success in sustainable development.
The news came in the Government's sustainable development green paper, A better quality of life, published on Monday.
A total of 150 indicators will be monitored, of which 14 have been identified as particularly important. Regular reports will be produced on these and where an unacceptable trend is detected, the paper claims, 'the Government will adjust policies accordingly.'
Headline indicators include employment, housing quality, qualifications at 19, life expectancy, crime, and air and river pollution, as well as the size of the wild bird population. There are fewer 'traditional' green measures such as greenhouse gas emissions, road traffic levels and brownfield development.
The final two indicators are GDP and 'investment in public, business and private assets', on which the paper says: 'Investment has not always been of sufficient quality - for instance, large projects that failed to deliver value for money.'
Instead, it says the UK should prioritise investment in 'railways, buses, hospitals, schools, water and sewerage', as well as research and development.
Given a lower priority is 'sustainable production and consumption'.
However, the UK's top 350 businesses will be expected to report performance against a set of environmental standards by 'the end of 2001' and the use of primary and recycled aggregates will become an official indicator of sustainability.