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News round-up: NEWP progress, health strategy, low emission vehicles, marine conservation

Sustainable development news from government and public bodies: progress update on the Natural Environment White Paper; responses to consultation on sustainable development strategy for health and social care; ultra low emission vehicles; new Marine Conservation Zones.

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Progress updates on implementation of the Natural Environment White Paper

Since its publication in 2011 Defra has published periodic Natural Environment White Paper implementation update newsletters highlighting significant progress since the last update. The latest document summarises this information and sets it out in one place. It lists all 92 commitments and sets out the status of each commitment and where further information can be found.
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Summary of Responses to consultation on a Sustainable Development Strategy for the Health, Public Health and Social Care System

The Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) recently completed a consultation on a Sustainable Development Strategy for the Health, Public Health and Social Care System 2014-2020, to be published in January 2014. 947 responses were received from NHS organisations, Royal Colleges, National Bodies, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Commissioning Support Units, Local Authorities, Health and Wellbeing Boards and other organisations, groups and individuals. The SDU has published a formal summary of responses from the consultation and engagement exercise.
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Making Britain number one for ultra low emission vehicles

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called for innovative ideas from key players in the automotive industry to help the UK stay ahead of global competition and secure our position as global leader in ultra low emission vehicles. The call comes following the government’s announcement of a £500 million investment to drive a low carbon revolution.
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New network to protect valuable marine life

27 new Marine Conservation Zones have been created to help better protect our rich marine life. The UK has one of the world’s richest marine environments and these new sites will join over 500 marine protected areas that already exist to ensure it stays that way. The MCZs will cover an area roughly three times the size of Wiltshire and will span the waters around the English coast. The sites will be protected from damaging activities to ensure their features are conserved.
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