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Sustainable governance

The council is committed to embedding sustainable development as its central organising principle.

Development on a sustainable basis considers long term economic, social and environmental wellbeing in all aspects of decision making. The objective being to develop a strong, healthy and just society that lives within environmental limits, based on a sustainable economy, good governance and sound evidence.

Sustainable governance principles that underpin the council's work include:

  • Taking a long term view
  • Effective collaboration
  • Integration - taking a systems viewpoint recognising social, economic and environmental perspectives
  • Prevention and early intervention
  • A citizen centred approach in designing and delivering services
  • The use of sound evidence

We are early adopters of Welsh Government's Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015Opens new window which aims to make these sustainable development principles a statutory responsibility across the devolved public sector in Wales.

Swansea acts as Wales' Model Local Authority in delivering the WLGA Sustainable Development Framework. This best practice helps the council plan and deliver sustainable outcomes for our communities.

Swansea is a signatory of the Sustainable Development CharterOpens new window. Over 200 other private, public and third sector organisations in Wales have also pledged to place sustainable development at the heart of their decision making securing the best long-term outcomes for themselves and for the future of Wales.

In May 2014, Swansea became the first council in Wales to adopt the LGA Climate Local CommitmentOpens new window recognising opportunities to build economic and social resilience by taking action to tackle climate change. Sustainable development projects which exemplify this approach:

  • The Swansea Community Renewable Energy and Enterprise Scheme (CREES). This scheme is exploring how local people in some of Swansea's most economically deprived areas can benefit from community renewable energy projects.
  • The Swansea City Centre District Energy Scheme. Feasibility studies have concluded that a district heating network providing low carbon heat in Swansea is a viable option which would deliver key environmental, social and economic benefits. Further feasibility work, partly funded from UK Government, is currently looking at the phased development of a District Energy Scheme with a view to connecting existing buildings in the Maritime Quarter with the City Centre development sites (St. David's area and Civic Centre waterfront area) and the proposed University of Wales Trinity St. David Campus in SA1.

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