Measuring progress

It is difficult to measure something as wide-ranging as sustainable development. The UK Government have decided to monitor these "indicators" to see how well the country is achieving sustainable development. Click to see the UK's progress from 1990 to 2000


Reductions in energy and water use.
Less waste from industry and households, as well as more recycling.
Improved air and river water quality.



Reduced rates of diseases.
More people gaining educational qualifications (both school students and adults).
Improved housing and social services.
Reduced volumes of road traffic.
Falling crime rates.
More involvement of people in local decision-making.



Improved rates of employment.
Increase in the number of new businesses being started and community enterprises.
More companies to have environmental management policies.

A brief history of sustainable development

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