SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS A LONG TERM COMMITMENT REQUIRING LONG TERM ECONOMIC PLANNING
To counteract unpropitious market conditions ? where short-term costs make immediate profitability difficult to achieve ? the instrument of government grants has always been an expedient way of effecting market forces.
There are currently various grants available to assist in paying the capital cost of long-term investments in saving energy and reducing the effects of fuel poverty and environmental pollution. Long term private finance through investment bonds, leaseback contracts and mortgages would facilitate funding the more expensive , but long term most beneficial sustainable measures in new and existing developments.