13 Jun 2017

The UK Committee on Climate Change (UKCCC) provides advice on the latest scientific evidence and reports progress made against budget targets...

Reducing Welsh Carbon Emissions

The Environment (Wales) Act 2016 places a duty on the Welsh Ministers to ensure that in 2050 net carbon emissions are at least 80% lower than the legislative baseline (1990 levels) - a factsheet summarising the Act is available here. This will be achieved through the setting of interim targets for 2020, 2030 and 2040 and 5 yearly carbon budgets up until to 2050.

There is a duty on Welsh Ministers to prepare and publish a set of policies and proposals for the budgetary period - this infographic demonstrates Wales' commitment to tackling climate change. Welsh Ministers are also required to publish a statement of progress after each budgetary period - updates of progress can be found in the Decarbonisation Programme Newsletter March 2017. The UK Committee on Climate Change (UKCCC) provides advice on the latest scientific evidence and reports progress made against budget targets.

Carbon Budget Energy
A Programme has been established to implement the requirements of the Act:

  • Stage 1 - Net Welsh Emissions Account - Determining what to include in emissions accounting framework and mechanisms for delivery - UKCCC held 6 week call for evidence and a stakeholder event on 26 January (further events planned for summer). The UKCCC sets out recommendations on developing emissions targets for Wales in its report, ' Advice on the design of Welsh carbon targets'.
  • Stage 2 - Decarbonising Pathway - Setting the level of interim targets (2020, 2030 and 2040) and first two carbon budgets (2016-2020 and 2021-25) - Drawing together range of evidence including assessment of technical potential, contribution to global commitments under the Paris Agreement, contribution to the well-being goals, and impact of international and UK Government action on emissions in Wales. Requested advice from UKCCC on appropriate levels of targets and budgets and procured an analytical model to explore high-level energy and emission pathway options for Wales - This will inform proposals of Low Carbon Delivery Plan.
  • Stage 3 - Low Carbon Delivery Plan - Setting out a delivery plan on how we are going to achieve the targets - One of the key elements of the Act is for Welsh Minister's to publish a report for each carbon budget period setting out policies and proposals for meeting the budget covering areas of Ministerial responsibility. The decarbonisation team held collaborative workshops assembling various policy disciplines to raise Act awareness and identify contributions towards commitments - including opportunities for Green Growth and joint delivery. There will be further stakeholder events focussing on setting interim targets and carbon budgets, and delivering the Low Carbon Delivery Plan. If you would like to be kept informed about these events please contact: Decarbonisationmailbox@wales.gsi.gov.uk