UK’s climate targets ‘could prove harder for Wales’

The UK’s climate change targets could prove more difficult for Wales. That’s the suggestion from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which has made a series of recommendations for the […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The UK’s climate change targets could prove more difficult for Wales.

That’s the suggestion from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), which has made a series of recommendations for the country to meet its emissions targets.

It says it will be more challenging for Wales to reduce its emissions due to the Welsh economy’s reliance upon agriculture and heavy industry.

It makes a number of suggestions, including ensuring new and existing buildings are highly energy efficient and
reducing emissions from transport by encouraging more use of public transport, cycling and electric cars.

It says to reduce emissions from agriculture, Wales should consider replacing the Common Agricultural Policy with one which supports action to reduce emissions, increasing tree planting to at least 4,000 hectares per year and using more electricity from low carbon sources, including onshore wind.

Between 1990 and 2015, Emissions in Wales fell by only 19%, compared with a 38% reduction across the UK as a whole.

The CCC recommends a legally binding target of increasing this figure to 27% by 2020, to support its current non-statutory target of 40%.

The group also calls for a reduction in emissions to 80% of the 1990 level by 2050.