20 Sep 2018

This consultation is an important opportunity for all stakeholders to provide their views on what actions we should take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

We are required by law to reduce our emissions by at least 80% in 2050. This will require very significant changes to how we live and work. This consultation presents initial thoughts on how we might reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% between now and 2030.

Proposals include:

  • Accelerating sustainable energy production and foster local ownership
  • Improving opportunities for active travel and develop a comprehensive charging network for electric vehicles
  • Setting higher energy efficiency standards for new building projects.

This consultation is an important opportunity for all stakeholders - local authorities, businesses, community groups, members of the public, professional bodies and others - to provide their views on what actions we should take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The closing date for the consultation is 4 October 2018.

For more information watch our webinar recording.

Low Carbon

'Low Carbon Pathway for Wales' Consultation: List of potential actions to 2030
1. Collaborate with business to further decarbonise their activities whilst at the same time improving their competitiveness and productivity to take advantage of the opportunities arising from the transition to a low-carbon economy
2. Work with Regional Skills Partnerships to anticipate future skills needs, focusing on priority growth sectors identified within regions
3. Review all current skills and work-based learning programmes to explore whether they can respond more flexibly to emerging requirements such as those represented by decarbonisation, working closely with employers
4. Conduct a gap analysis of options where innovation can support the decarbonisation agenda and maximise the opportunities
5. Collaborate with organisations across all levels of society and involve citizens in achieving our low-carbon pathway
6. Provide fruit, shade and fuel trees for the entire Mount Elgon region, Uganda by 2030

7. Support the development of regional and local energy planning to address the supply, distribution, and use of energy
8. Support innovation and commercialisation of new products, processes and services in the energy system
9. Develop and implement Wales's policy position around the extraction and combustion of fossil fuels in power generation
10. Accelerate the deployment of renewable generation whilst encouraging local ownership

11. Develop a charging network that encourages early take-up of electric vehicles (EVs) and explore the merits of other measures, including access to bus lanes and free municipal parking
12. Reduce the carbon footprint of taxis and buses to zero within 10 years to achieve the aim in the Economic Action Plan
13. Double the percentage of adults making cycling journeys at least once a week and increase the percentage of people making walking journeys at least once a week by 25% from the 2016 baseline
14. Explore the relationship between speed limits and greenhouse gas emissions, with a view to considering environmental factors in speed limit reviews

15. Set higher energy efficiency standards for new builds through reviewing Building Regulations Part L (Conservation of Fuel and Power)
16. Develop a long-term residential retrofit programme based on evidence
17. Establish the baseline of energy use and associated emissions from business sector buildings
18. Deliver buildings that are more sustainable by using innovative construction techniques to reduce and meet the energy demand within buildings and increase the use of sustainable materials, such as timber
19. Scope out the challenges and opportunities around low-carbon heat

20. Provide post-Brexit support in the form of a land management programme that contains a public goods scheme and an economic resilience scheme, replacing the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with a framework that also links support to emissions reduction and removals
21. Ensure that emissions reduction is considered in any regulatory reform proposals arising from the land management programme consultation

Land use and forestry
22. Revise our regulatory and support regimes to increase tree planting to at least 2,000 hectares per year, aiming to increase this to 4,000 hectares
23. Identify preferred areas for tree planting, including commercial woodlands and planting at medium and large scale
24. Ensure that all peatlands supporting semi natural habitats are under active management by 2030 by supporting, enabling and co-ordinating the restoration and sustainable management of peatland, as well as utilising and maximising associated funding opportunities

25. Commission an independent economic and technical feasibility study on carbon capture use and storage (CCUS)
26. Consider the further development of our Environment Protection Scheme (EPS) beyond 2020 to support the most carbon-intensive industries
27. Consider waste heat recovery and use as part of the approach to heat policy
28. Establish an industry-led working group on decarbonisation

Public sector
29. Support the public sector to baseline, monitor and report progress towards carbon neutrality 30.Public sector buildings are supplied with renewable electricity by 2020 and, where practicably possible, are supplied with low-carbon heat by 2030
31. All new cars and light goods vehicles in the public sector fleet are ultra low emission by 2025 and where practicably possible, all heavy goods are ultra low emission by 2030

32. Create new opportunities for resource efficient manufacturing through embedding resource efficiency within our programme of innovation support to SMEs and using public sector procurement to stimulate the market