Energy Wales Statement »The energy system in Wales is on the threshold of great change driven by new energy, technology and low carbon energy transition objectives.Learn more »
European approval for new Wales RDP
The new RDP will be even more innovative, adaptable and integrated inorder to ensure maximum value is secured for rural Wales from theProgramme's joint EU/Welsh Government-funded investments.
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- European approval for new Wales RDP
Section highlightHistoric Environment (Wales) BillThe Bill will support the positive management of change in the Welsh historic environment.
Legislative programme 2014 - 2015 »
Bills that the Welsh Government will bring forward in 2014/2015.Learn more »
Section highlightTaxes in Wales
The devolution of some taxes to Wales from April 2018 provides us with the opportunity to reshape those taxes to better meet our circumstances and priorities.
Final Budget 2015-16 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2015-16 is £15·3bn.Learn more »
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Environment - protection and quality
Through our work around waste, water, flood risk management, energy efficiency and energy supply we are helping create these more sustainable communities.
Protecting our communities
The local environmental quality of our neighborhoods is a concern for many. Issues such as fly-tipping, littering, graffiti, dog fouling and noise can be major problems.
We are committed to tackling these issues, not just through regulation and enforcement but also by funding initiatives such as Tidy Towns which aims to empower communities to take action to improve the quality of their local environment. There is also Fly-tipping Action Wales which is a Natural Resources Wales led initiative tackling fly-tipping.
Adapting to the impacts of climate change
Tackling climate change is really important to us. We need to take steps now to cope with its likely impacts – such as on flooding and water supply - and act to reduce Wales’ carbon footprint. This is the major challenge for governments worldwide and Wales is leading the way in many areas.
How we are tackling waste
Reducing the amount of waste we produce and recycling as much as possible can bring economic as well as environmental benefits. Our ambition is for Wales to recycle 70 per cent of all waste by 2025 and be 'zero waste' by 2050.
In 2010-2011 we recycled 44 per cent of our municipal waste. We are working closely with local authorities and other sectors to make sure that we prevent waste wherever we can and recycle everything which can be recycled.
The quality of our water and air
The quality of the environment is important to us. Air and water quality is vastly improved compared to Wales’ industrial era. We continue to monitor levels of pollution and work with the organisations responsible to comply with the latest European standards.
Regulating our environment and pollutants
One of the most important tools we have for protecting our environment is regulation. It ensures that everyone has the same protection from environmental hazards. Chemicals, radioactivity and pollution from industrial sources all need to be regulated.
The Environmental Permitting Regulations address all forms of industrial pollution. Our chemicals legislation means safety data on hazardous substances is provided and acted upon throughout the supply chain. Other regulation ensures that the benefits of using radioactive materials can be gained while protecting human health and the environment.