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Climate Change Strategy for Wales

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The Environment (Wales) Act puts in place the legislation needed to plan and manage Wales’ natural resources in a more proactive, sustainable and joined-up way.
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The Climate change strategy sets out the existing emission reduction targets for Wales.

Our Climate Change Strategy for Wales and associated delivery plan set targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Wales by 3% every year and achieve at least a 40% reduction by 2020 compared to figures from 1990. They confirm where we will focus our action and the policies and programmes that will help us meet the targets. It also recognises how actions taken by people, communities and organisations across Wales will help us reach the target. It also highlights key UK and EU policies and wider contributions.

Actions to reduce Wales’ emissions include:

  • encouraging behaviour change to a lower carbon way of living
  • encouraging organisations in Wales to sign up to our Sustainable Development Charter
  • reducing energy and resource consumption
  • increasing energy and resource efficiency
  • encouraging small scale low carbon energy generation
  • supporting transport investment that encourages a shift to low carbon types of transport
  • seeking to influence UK decisions where they are relevant to emission reduction in Wales.

3% reduction every year

This target is measured against a baseline of average emissions between 2006 and 2010.

The focus of our work is on how energy is used, rather than how it is generated. For further information on energy generation see 'Energy Wales: A low carbon transition'.

The 3% target includes all ‘direct’ greenhouse gas emissions in Wales except those from heavy industry and power generation. Those installations are covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) (external link).