New climate legislation committing to cut carbon emissions by at least 80% by 2050 has been approved by the Welsh Assembly.
The “stronger approach” is hoped to accelerate progress to tackle climate change in the country.
Welsh Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant said the new law will also enable Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to “join up delivery and prioritise key risks and opportunities”.
The Environment (Wales) Bill includes plans to improve waste management with powers to take action to achieve higher levels of recycling for business waste, food waste treatment and energy recovery.
Emyr Roberts, Chief Executive of NRW added: “The passing of the Environment Bill puts us in a better position to be able to manage our natural resources in a way that helps us tackle climate change, biodiversity loss and sustainable land management.
“This Bill, along with the Well-being of Future Generations Act and the Planning Act, places sustainable development at the heart of decision making across the public, private and third sectors, which will enable us all to fully recognise the contribution our natural resources make to tackling poverty, health inequalities, creating more jobs and a greener economy.”