23 Mar 2016
The Environment (Wales) Act puts in place the legislation needed to plan and manage Wales’ natural resources in a more proactive, sustainable and joined-up way.
The Environmental Wales
Act received Royal Assent on 21 March 2016. It delivers
against Welsh Government's Programme for Government commitment to
introduce new legislation for the environment. This positions Wales
as a low carbon, green economy, ready to adapt to the impacts
of climate change.
The act will mean significant economic, social and environmental
benefits for Wales. It has been carefully designed to support and
complement work to help secure Wales' long-term well-being, so that
current and future generations benefit from a prosperous economy, a
healthy and resilient environment and vibrant, cohesive
The key parts of the act are:
- Part 1: Sustainable management of natural
resources - enables Wales' resources to be managed in a
more proactive, sustainable and joined-up way. It also helps to
tackle the challenges we face and is focused on the opportunities
our resources provide.
- Part 2: Climate change - provides the Welsh
Ministers with powers to put in place statutory emission reduction
targets, including at least an 80% reduction in emissions by 2020
and carbon budgeting to support their delivery. This is vital
within the context of our existing UK and EU obligations and sets a
clear pathway for decarbonisation. It also provides certainty and
clarity for business and investment.
- Part 3: Charges for carrier bags - extends the
Welsh Ministers' powers so that they may set a charge for other
types of carrier bags such as bags for life. It also places a duty
on retailers to donate the net proceeds from the sale of carrier
bags to good causes.
- Part 4: Collection and disposal of waste -
improves waste management processes by helping us achieve higher
levels of business waste recycling, better food waste treatment and
increased energy recovery. This will help to decrease pressure on
natural resources while also contributing towards positive results
for both the economy and the environment.
- Parts 5 & 6: Fisheries for shellfish and marine
licensing - clarifies the law in relation to
shellfisheries management and marine licensing.
- Part 7: Flood & Coastal Erosion Committee and land
drainage - clarifies the law for other environmental
regulatory regimes including flood risk management and land
Click here for more information on the act.
Click here for more information on natural resource management.
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