Welsh Environment Minister welcomes CCC’s call for a step change in the pace of emissions reduction to meet carbon budgets – 27 October 2009

Dr Samuel Frankhauser, member of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and Principal Research Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute was today joined by Wales Environment Minister, Jane Davidson at the Welsh launch of the Committee’s first annual report to Parliament.

The CCC’s report found that over the past five years UK emissions have fallen each year by around 0.5%. However, between 2003 – 2007 CO2 emissions in Wales rose by 0.3%. Going forward emissions reductions of 2-3% per annum will be required and the UK and Wales will need to contribute to this reduction.

Dr Samuel Frankhauser said: 

“It is essential that much more effort is made in reducing emissions. This will require leadership at UK and national levels. The Welsh Assembly Government has an important role to play in unlocking the significant opportunities for emissions reductions in our buildings, on our roads and in the generation of electricity. Progress has been made but further progress is needed if emissions are to be reduced as required.“

Speaking at the event today in Cardiff the Minister said: 

“Climate change is the biggest threat facing the world. The Welsh Assembly Government is committed to playing its part in meeting that challenge with our commitment to cutting carbon emissions in areas we control by 3% a year from 2011, enabling an 80% reduction before 2050. There is a lot of work to do but we have made a good start and are determined to do more to address the causes and consequences of climate change.”