Commission responds to Welsh Government’s Climate Change Policy Refresh
In his written statement at the launch of the Climate Change Strategy Annual report 2013, the Minister Alun Davies AM, announced a refresh of Welsh Government’s Climate Change Policy during 2014. The refresh will focus on practical action that can be taken to deliver not only on emissions targets but also to increase resilience and prosperity. The Minister asked for advice through the Climate Change Commission Wales and following several discussions with Commission members the Commission’s response has been submitted.
In summary the Commission feels that the refresh should focus on putting in place a much clearer structure for accountability and reporting on addressing climate change across the public sector. Key areas that need to be addressed in the refresh, if we are to meet our climate change targets, include interventions focused on increasing energy efficiency, securing carbon through land management and reducing emissions from electricity generation. The Commission also feels that Welsh Government need to demonstrate clear leadership on climate change issues across all departments, supported by strong governance structures focused on delivery. The Commission also makes specific recommendations around community renewables, recording and reporting progress in the public sector, scaling up energy efficiency retrofitting, promotion of sustainable transport, green infrastructure and public engagement.