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June 2009

Key Business and Political Leaders Meet to Map out Steps to Economic Recovery
Key figures from the world of politics, business, the community and voluntary sector came together in Parliament Buildings today to develop a platform for economic recovery in Northern Ireland. The event, hosted by the Sustainable Development Commission in Northern Ireland, was attended by members of the Northern Ireland Green New Deal Group, Sustainable Development Commissioners, experts from across the UK and Ireland, and members of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Government failing own emission targets
The Scottish Government's Environmental Performance Report 2007/08 shows increase in CO2 emissions from Government buildings and travel. SDC Scotland welcomes the report but is concerned that Government is not going to meet its own targets for cutting emissions.

May 2009

Sustainable Development in Government 2008
Sustainable Development in Government (SDiG) 2008: Challenges for Government finds that Government departments…

April 2009

The Scottish Green List 2009
Scotland's top 50 sustainable development champions have been named by the Scottish Sustainable Development Forum. The 50, chosen from over 300 nominations, inspire action through a vast range of projects for a greener Scotland.

Wales Should Seize Potential for a 'Green Recovery'
The Sustainable Development Commission urges Assembly Government to consider targeted investment in green…

Dylai Cymru fachu ar y cyfle i 'Adfer yn Wyrdd'
Y Comisiwn Datblygu Cynaliadwy yn annog Llywodraeth y Cynulliad i ystyried buddsoddiad wedi’i dargedu…

Executive Should Embrace a 'Sustainable New Deal'
The Sustainable Development Commission today launched ‘A Sustainable New Deal’ - the Commission’s recommendations on how government should tackle the current economic downturn, creating jobs and tackling inequalities, whilst at the same time moving toward the low carbon economy of the future.

March 2009

Alan Knight Accepts The Green Challenge!
Sustainable Development Commissioner Dr Alan Knight was a guest speaker at the Greenmount Agricultural College’s ‘Green Challenge’ Conference in early February. Alan addressed the assembled audience on the future of the horticultural industry in a sustainable world.

Sustainable Energy Sources 'Flowing, Blowing and Growing All Around Us'
On February 24th, Head of the SDC in Northern Ireland, Jim Kitchen, spoke at a roundtable discussion on 'Sustainable Energy Futures' at Queens University. Also taking part were key stakeholders from the energy, community and nuclear power sectors.

Sustainable Housing - Creating An Insulated Economy
In Northern Ireland today, almost half of our per capita carbon footprint is generated by our homes or, more specifically, the way we live in our homes. That includes fuel use and electricity, as well as the carbon embedded in the construction and the repair, maintenance and improvement of our homes.

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