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Reporting on preparing for climate change

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In this Policy Statement, we set out the challenge of a changing climate and the Welsh Government response.

The Climate Change Act 2008 gives Welsh Ministers powers to direct certain bodies (referred to as ‘reporting authorities’) to prepare reports about their preparations for climate change.

Welsh Ministers’ powers

We consulted on the use of this power early in 2011. The documents can be found on the right.

Secretary of State’s powers

The UK Secretary of State has similar powers over bodies with non-devolved functions. After consultation with the Welsh Ministers, the Secretary of State has issued directions to a number of bodies relevant to Wales. Some bodies have agreed to report to the Secretary of State voluntarily, including Royal Mail and British Waterways.

Full details of the Secretary of State's directions, including reports as they are submitted, can be found on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website.

Visit: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website (external link)

Environment Agency and water companies in Wales

The Environment Agency has both devolved and non-devolved functions and was therefore issued with a joint direction from the Welsh Ministers and the Secretary of State. Dwr Cymru and Dee Valley Water have prepared reports voluntarily. All three reports are available below.


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