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Sustainable development

Learn why and how our council is working to make a sustainable development approach fundamental to everything we do.

At Swansea Council, we all want a safe, greener, smarter, fairer, healthier, richer Swansea (Corporate plan).

We also know that 'business as usual' isn't enough to deliver the Swansea we want in these challenging times. Sustainable development is a way of working that looks at the bigger picture balancing costs and benefits, both now and in the future.

Sustainable Development is about getting the best out of all our resources today, while making sure we have plenty of resources for tomorrow. We have to look again and see the full potential of our city and countryside. Then, use this knowledge to come up with new ways to tackle old problems.

By working with local people so they can help themselves, we can help build stronger communities. By looking after our surroundings, we grow healthier and by finding new ways to make money and reduce waste, we get wealthier.

Decision making for the long term

Swansea Council is proud to be leading Wales in addressing challenges by taking a sustainable development approach. To improve decision making by taking explicit account of the long term, a 2040 Plan is in development and Scrutiny Committees are working to embed sustainable development into their processes.

Sustainable development policy

The council's corporate sustainable development policy sets out guidelines which help services deliver sustainable outcomes for our communities.