Welsh scientists to develop emissions forecast tool

Cardiff University is developing a tool to forecast Wales’ greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years. Scientists from the institution are working together with the BRE Trust Centre for […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Cardiff University is developing a tool to forecast Wales’ greenhouse gas emissions over the next 30 years.

Scientists from the institution are working together with the BRE Trust Centre for Sustainable Engineering to create the tool on behalf of the Welsh Government.

It will be used to help set appropriate targets and carbon budgets for the country and quantify policies and proposals to be contained in the Low Carbon Delivery Plan.

It aims to help reduce carbon emissions in line with The Environment (Wales) Act 2016, which sets a long term emissions reduction target of at least 80% in 2050 compared to 1990 levels.

The project will see the team engage with the energy, transport, industry and business, agriculture, housing and waste sectors.

Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths AM, said: “The legislative framework and long term ambition introduced by the Environment Act offers a tremendous opportunity to shape a low carbon future for Wales.

“The development of a 2050 pathway tool for Wales will ensure our decisions are informed by a robust, current and relevant evidence base.”

The Welsh Government is providing funding worth more than £7 million to boost green growth in the country.