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Reducing Welsh emissions

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The Strategy encourages everyone to take action and change what they do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
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The Environment (Wales) Act 2016 sets out the approach to help Wales reduce its carbon emissions.

The Environment (Wales) Act places a duty on the Welsh Ministers to ensure that in 2050 net emissions are at least 80% lower than the baseline set in legislation. This will be achieved through the setting of interim targets for 2020, 2030 and 2040 and 5 yearly carbon budgets up until to 2050.

There is a duty on Welsh Ministers to prepare and publish a set of policies and proposals for the budgetary period. Welsh Ministers are also required to publish a statement of progress after each budgetary period. The UK Committee on Climate Change (UKCCC) will provide advice on the latest scientific evidence and report progress made against budget targets.

A programme has been established to implement the requirements of the act. The programme focuses on setting up the emission reduction framework including:

  • Stage 1 - Determining what we are including in our emission accounting framework
  • Stage 2 - Setting the level of interim targets and first 2 carbon budgets
  • Stage 3 - Setting out a delivery plan on how we are going to achieve the targets

The UKCCC has now released their advice on both the Net Welsh emissions account (Stage 1) (external link) and Welsh Targets and Budgets (Stage 2) (external link). These elements will be set in  regulation by the end of 2018. 

The Welsh Government responded to this advice and has now set out a policy approach. The Welsh Government will be responding to the advice on the Targets and Budgets in the summer of 2018.