A free pocket-sized booklet, presenting a new set of sustainable development indicators has been published today, Thursday 30 June. Indicators in the booklet were outlined within the UK Government's Sustainable Development Strategy, Securing the future, published in March 2005.

The booklet provides a statistical baseline for 68 indicators in four priority areas:

  • Sustainable consumption and production
  • Climate change and energy
  • Natural resource protection and environmental enhancement
  • Sustainable communities.

The aim of this booklet is to make the indicators easily accessible to a wide audience. It has drawn on indicators and National Statistics from across government and includes a variety of economic, social and environmental issues of everyday concern. These cover health, housing, jobs crime, education and our environment.

Environment Minister Mr Morley said, "These indicators help us to chart progress and help to see whether we are succeeding in our goal of securing a better quality of life for everyone, or whether we need to change direction and act accordingly.

"What we do in one area of our lives can have an impact on many others, so joined-up thinking and action across central and local government is crucial, as is the need to show people how they can make more sustainable choices and to help them get involved in decision-making that affects their future."