Defra launches strategy for green economic thinking

Environment secretary Caroline Spelman was joined by prime minister David Cameron this week to launch a Structural Reform Plan (SRP), which the Government claimed puts "green thinking at the heart of the economic recovery".

The plan lays down three departmental priorities to support and develop British farming and encourage sustainable food production; help to enhance the environment and biodiversity to improve quality of life; and support a strong and sustainable green economy that is resilient to climate change.

Spelman said: "The coalition Government has pledged to be the greenest Government ever. That means making sure we have the greenest economy ever.

"Businesses, communities and individuals need to be supported to innovate and invest, use resources sustainably and reduce waste so that the economy is resilient to climate change. The food and farming industry, from the farm to the plate, has demonstrated its ability to withstand economic shocks and will be a pillar of the new green economy, so it is vital that we do what we can to enhance its competitiveness."

She added: "Our quality of life remains paramount, so we will do all we can to enhance and protect biodiversity and our marine environment and strengthen the rural economy."

The SRP was designed to set clear priorities and milestones for every department, allowing people to check on how departments are meeting their commitments.


- Pursue zero-waste agenda and launch tree-planting campaign.

- Publish white paper that sets out measures to protect wildlife and promote green spaces.

- Make it a criminal offence to allow illegal timber to enter UK.

- Support economic growth in rural areas.

- Promote domestic food production and reduce regulation.

- Reform common agricultural and fisheries policies.

- Ensure more efficient use of water and protect poorer households.

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