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Sustainable development reporting

The City and County of Swansea is at the forefront of public sector reporting on Sustainable Development in Wales. The report is published annually alongside the statement of accounts and assesses the council's performance in areas prioritised for action in its sustainable development policy.

Reporting has developed considerably since Swansea was the first local authority in Wales to report on sustainable development as part of the 2010/11 statement of accounts. Having initially focused on energy consumption and carbon emissions, the scope of the report now addresses all aspects of sustainable development including social, economic, and environmental indicators.

In acting as Wales's model local authority in implementing the WLGA Sustainable Development Framework, reporting was identified as a key means of embedding sustainable development principles. The current methodology was developed with support of PwC and involved staff across all services.

The report measures the council's performance in priority areas identified in the sustainable development policy which range from economic resilience to social inclusion. The process of reporting has led to an increased focus on the issues highlighted, ultimately driving an improvement in outcomes and a more sustainable Swansea.

Readers of the report will gain a unique understanding of how the principles of sustainable development are put into practice across council services. The inclusion of both financial and non-financial indicators from a variety of services highlight the linkages between various policy and delivery areas and their collective impact on Swansea's social, economic and environmental wellbeing.

For more information on Sustainable Development Reporting at the City and County of Swansea, or to receive this report in another format please contact sustainabledevelopment@swansea.gov.uk

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