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The government has come under fire from a sustainability group for not properly explaining the environmental benefits of going green.

Chair of the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) Jonathon Porritt told BBC Radio Four's 'World at One' programme politicians needed to make it clear real economic benefits would come out of new environmental policies.

He said economic downturns usually meant environmental concerns are forgotten and urged the government to try to avoid this in the current UK climate.

Mr Porritt said the government must get "a lot smarter about demonstrating to people why it is that the policies they bring forward in the name of the environment are also policies that work really well for people and the economy."

A low-carbon economy could lead to the UK ending up with a better standard of living, he added.

The SDC is an independent watchdog, offering advice on how officials can bring the sustainability issue to the top of the policy agenda.

Article Date: 27 May 2008

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