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Sustainable Development

What is it and what does it mean for Perth and Kinross?

Sustainable development is broadly defined as ensuring that the needs of present generations are met in a way that doesn't damage the ability for future generations to meet their needs. It aims to improve the long-term well-being of the area without storing up problems for the future, ensuring a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come.

The Council has a key role to play in helping to deliver a more sustainable area, as an employer with responsibility for staff and buildings, as a provider of local services, and as a community leader working in partnership with other organisations, stakeholders and local communities.

Do you have a set of principles that you are working towards?

We have an agreed set of icon sustainable development principles and aspirations [39Kb] that are considered throughout our organisational operations, service delivery and decision-making. These cross-cutting and interconnected principles are organised across 11 main themes, and collectively reflect the five themed objectives of the Community Plan [10Mb].

How do you monitor your contribution towards Sustainable Development?

The Integrated Appraisal Toolkit is based on these 11 main themes, and is used as part of the Council's committee assessment process to screen proposals for likely future economic, environmental and social impacts.

Quality of Life indicators were developed as part of the Council's Corporate Sustainable Development Framework.  The indicators were specifically chosen to monitor progress against the Council's Principles for Sustainable Development.  They give a snapshot of Quality of Life across Perth and Kinross at one moment in time using the most recently available data.

How does your approach relate to the wider national and international Sustainable Development agenda?

Our sustainable development principles are consistent with the both the Scottish Government National Outcomes and the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. icon Sustainable Development Connections [925Kb] between our 11 main themes and these national and international outcomes/goals have been identified and mapped. Our progress towards each of the 17 global goals has been assessed using a number of performance indicators.