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 was asked by the Welsh Government to provide advice on these emissions targets and is seeking evidence to help with that task.
The Committee is providing advice in two stages:
- Stage 1: Advice on carbon accounting and design of Welsh carbon budgets/targets. We published this advice in 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 (Winter 2017).
This Call for Evidence focuses on the second of these stages. Responses to this Call will help inform the Committee’s advice to the Welsh Government, to be published in the Winter of 2017. This Call contains questions relevant to the Act, regarding the appropriate levels of the targets and carbon budgets and what should be considered in recommending these.
The deadline for responses is 11 September 2017.