Responding to the UK Government’s announcement today that it will adopt the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change on the Fourth Carbon Budget, WWF Cymru praised Ministers in London for making the right decision for Wales’ energy security, its economy, its consumers and the environment.
However it says there are still unanswered questions over the Welsh Government’s plans to cut emissions and tackle climate change and this announcement today should spur Welsh Government to progress at pace.
Jessica McQuade, Policy and Advocacy officer at WWF Cymru, said:
“The UK Government has made the right decision today by committing to continue the UK’s move towards a low-carbon economy well into the 2020s. It should spur significant economic growth across new industries where the UK is currently leading the global race.
This decision will also support the Welsh Government’s ambition on tackling climate change and developing a low carbon economy. We now need Welsh Government to step up to the mark and have statutory emission reduction targets for Wales and provide its action plan for reducing emissions.
WWF Cymru is calling for this action plan to comprehensively demonstrate how programmes across Welsh Government and will contribute to its goal of a 40% reduction in emissions by 2020. This needs to include how UK Government policy is impacting on Wales, especially for energy policy”.