This is the Committee’s second report to the Welsh Government on progress reducing emissions and preparing for climate change. It finds that emissions increased in 2010, but are likely to have fallen in 2011, due mainly to temperature and economic factors. The report concludes that good progress has continued, particularly in the residential and waste sectors. However Wales’ emission targets are challenging and require continued and increased effort across all sectors.
The report also finds that the Welsh Government’s budget for flood management has been maintained in real terms over the current spending review period, making the budget better protected than in England. However this is still unlikely to be sufficient to keep pace with the increased risk of flooding in a changing climate. On the wider adaptation policy framework, the Committee recommends that the Welsh Government sets out how it will ensure that businesses have a clear source of advice on adaptation – to complement current advice being given to the public sector, and ensures that sectoral adaptation plans are completed over the coming year. As requested by the Welsh Government, the report also reviews potential climate change options for Wales, and assesses the Welsh Government’s measurement of its targets and its monitoring frameworks for emission reduction and adaptation.
The advice is summarised in a letter to John Griffiths, Welsh Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development.
Technical annex: HR Wallingford for ASC (2012) Development of spatial indicators to monitor changes in exposure and vulnerability to flooding and the uptake of adaptation actions to manage flood risk in Wales