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Creating an Environmental Policy

Burlöv Environmental Policy

Detailed description of the Good Practice

Burlöv’s “Environmental Programme 2003–2008” was established in the year 2003, after more than a year of intense work. Several reports and investigations were used as background material. The overall aim with the programme is to set new goals and strategies for the municipality and its personnel within the area of environment, health and sustainable development.

Environmental policy

Objectives of the Good Practice

The starting point has been the national and regional environmental objectives and interim targets. The program is divided into 16 chapters, one for each objective. To every objective a background is given. Some objectives are more important than others. Clean air and a good built environment are of special importance for Burlöv and big efforts are put to coop with these two objectives. Examples of measures in these areas are:

• Monitoring the air quality.
• Decrease the traffic in the inner part of the main settlements by traffic planning, leading the traffic to the bigger roads outside the settlements.
• Improving the public communications.
• Establishing an energy plan.
• Guidance for the citizens and companies on how to save energy.
• Changing all old vehicles used in the municipal organisation to vehicles using alternative fuels.
• Construction of two smaller wetlands used for recreation and natural cleaning of small river waters.
• Survey of noise and propositions of measures.

Participants of the Good Practice

Municipality

Target group of the Good Practice

Municipality and its residents

Funding of the Good Practice

An economic calculation was made for each measure in the program and presented in the program draft. When it was established in 2003, and the politicians in the municipal council agreed on the program, they also agreed on financing the measures, knowing the approximate cost for realizing each of them. Every year the departments responsible for the different measures have to apply for financing in the yearly budget. This far, most measures have got the financial resources needed for them to be realized.

More Details of the Good Practice

When the programme was formed, mixed groups of representatives from different departments of the municipality participated and contributed with knowledge and their views. This made the programme deeply rooted in the organisation. The environmental strategist is responsible for the programme and its implementation. Parallel to this work an Agenda 21-education for the municipal politicians and personnel was performed, using the national environmental objectives as a base. The result from this education was taken into account when forming the programme. A questionnaire was also distributed to a selection of citizens of the municipality. Before any political decision concerning the programme was taken, it was communicated broadly within the municipal organisation, as well as with external parties. All viewpoints were considered, and some of them led to changes in the planned programme.

For each measure a responsible committee/board is appointed together with a time limit of performance. Almost all departments within the municipal organisation are involved; the environment department, the department of spatial planning, the department of education, etc. Even the social department has measures to perform within the programme.

Every year a rapport is produced, following up the programme. Of the 67 measures in total, 51 have been initiated or even realized in the end of year 2006.

Available files

Contact details

Burlöv Municipality
Lennart Pettersson, Agenda 21 Coordinator
Phone: 040 - 43 91 12
E-mail: lennart.pettersson@burlov.se

Data sources and references

Report 3 of the Bee project (2007)
www.thebeeproject.eu