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Call for Evidence: Welsh Carbon Budgets

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The Environment (Wales) Act received Royal Assent in March 2016. It sets a 2050 target to reduce emissions by at least 80% and provides the legislative framework for establishing a carbon budgeting approach in Wales.

The Act requires that before the end of 2018, Welsh Ministers must set in regulation interim emissions targets for 2020, 2030 and 2040, together with 5-year carbon budgets for the periods 2016-2020 and 2021-2025.

The Committee on Climate Change has been asked by the Welsh Government to provide advice on these emissions targets and is seeking evidence to help with that task.

The Committee will provide advice in two stages:

  • Stage 1: Advice on carbon accounting and design of Welsh carbon budgets/targets (March 2017)
  • Stage 2: Advice on the level of ambition embodied within the targets and budgets and sectors in which there are particular opportunities to decarbonise (October 2017)

This Call for Evidence focuses on the first of these stages. Responses to this Call will help inform the Committee’s advice to the Welsh Government, to be published in March 2017. This Call contains questions relevant to the Act, including the emissions accounting framework, scope of the targets and role for emissions trading.

Our subsequent advice on the level of the targets and budgets will be the focus of a second Call for Evidence later in 2017.

Responding to the Call for Evidence

We encourage responses that are brief and to the point (i.e. a maximum of 400 words per question, plus links to supporting evidence, answering only those questions where you have particular expertise). We may follow up for more detail where appropriate.

It would be useful if you could use the question proforma when responding and e-mail responses to: communications@theccc.gsi.gov.uk. Alternatively, if you would prefer to post your response, please send it to:

The Committee on Climate Change – Wales Call for Evidence,
7 Holbein Place,
London SW1W 8NR

The deadline for responses was 12 noon on 6 February 2017. This call for evidence has now closed.

Confidentiality and data protection

Responses will be published on this website after the response deadline, along with a list of names or organisations that responded to the Call for Evidence.

If you want information that you provide to be treated as confidential (and not automatically published) please say so clearly in writing when you send your response to the consultation. It would be helpful if you could explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential. If we receive a request for disclosure of the information we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot give an assurance that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded by us as a confidentiality request.

All information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be subject to publication or disclosure in accordance with the access to information legislation (primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004).