Wales

Climate change policy

The Welsh Government’s Climate Change Strategy, was published in October 2010, and outlined a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Wales by 3% each year from 2011, relative to a baseline of average emissions over 2006-2010 . It has also committed to a reduction of 40% in greenhouse gases in all sectors levels by 2020 from 1990 levels. The strategy also presents an adaptation framework and delivery plan, aimed at making Wales more resilient to the impacts of climate change.

The CCC provided advice to the Welsh Government during the development of the strategy, and has also since reported twice on progress implementing the emission reduction and adaptation plans. These can be found in the publications section below.

Emission levels in Wales

The latest data show that overall emissions were 50.8 MtCO2e in 2013 (9% of the UK total) . Emissions have fallen in Wales by 12% since 1990, compared to 30% across the UK as a whole.

Emissions increased by 10% in 2013 due to an increase in heating in industrial output and an increase in coal generation.

Advice provided by the Committee

The CCC provided advice, as requested by the Welsh Government, during the development of the Climate Change Strategy, in relation to the proposed level of ambition, targets and emission reduction measures.

The CCC has also reported twice on progress implementing the emission reduction and adaptation plans.

The report finds 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.

The adaptation report also suggests the Welsh Government needs to improve its advice to businesses on how to adapt to climate change, to complement efforts to advise the public sector.

The latest Wales news and reports can be found below. Other material can be found in our Publications section.

Latest news and publications from Wales

 

News & Blog posts

CCC reports on progress made on Wales’ climate change strategy – 15 January 2013

The CCC reported today on the progress Wales has made towards reducing carbon emissions and preparing for climate change. Despite a sharp emissions increase in 2010 due to particularly cold winter temperatures Wales has made good progress according to the report. It also finds Wales’ flood defence budget better protected than England, although this is still unlikely to keep pace with the growing risk of flooding from climate change. However, …

New CCC report shows progress made on Wales’ climate change strategy – but challenges remain

Wales has made good progress towards reducing carbon emissions and preparing for climate change, despite a sharp emissions increase in 2010 due to particularly cold winter temperatures, says a report by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). It also finds Wales’ flood defence budget better protected than England, although this is still unlikely to keep pace with the growing risk of flooding from climate change. On the implementation of emission …

CCC highlights progress made by the Welsh Government towards reducing emissions and preparing for climate change – 18 October 2011

In a report published today, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has highlighted progress made by the Welsh Government towards reducing emissions and preparing for climate change. One year ago the Welsh Government set out a strategy to achieve its ambitious targets to reduce emissions by 3% annually over the next decade. The Committee’s report considers latest emissions data, showing that emissions in 2009 fell by around 14% as a result of …

Welsh Environment Minister welcomes CCC’s calls 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 Climate Change Act requires the CCC to report to the UK Parliament each year on emissions reductions relative to the UK’s carbon budgets. The CCC’s first report to …

Publications

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Meeting Carbon Budgets – 2016 Progress Report to Parliament

This is the Committee’s eighth annual report detailing the UK’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting carbon budgets. The report shows that UK emissions have fallen rapidly in the power sector, but that progress has stalled in other sectors, such as heating in buildings, transport, industry and agriculture.

Letter: Environment and Sustainability Committee inquiry into the Environment (Wales) Bill

To: National Assembly for Wales Environment and Sustainability Committee A letter from Matthew Bell, Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate change, providing initial observations on the use of carbon budgets within the Environment (Wales) Bill  (2015).

Progress on reducing emissions and preparing for climate change in Wales

Progress on reducing emissions and preparing for climate change in Wales

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 …

Reducing emissions and preparing for climate change in Wales - 2011 Progress Report

Reducing emissions and preparing for climate change in Wales – 2011 progress report

This report focuses on assessing the Welsh emission targets and  strategy, latest data on emissions and drivers, and policies to drive  future emissions reductions. It also makes an initial assessment of  progress on measures to prepare for climate change within the adaptation  part of the strategy Letter to John Griffiths, Welsh Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development Full report