Green­house gas tar­get will be missed

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

THE Welsh Gov­ern­ment will miss its own tar­gets for re­duc­ing green­house gas emis­sions, a Na­tional Assem­bly com­mit­tee has con­cluded.

The Cli­mate Change, En­vi­ron­ment and Ru­ral Af­fairs Com­mit­tee ex­am­ined the is­sue in its firstever cli­mate change an- nual re­port.

In its Cli­mate Change Strat­egy pub­lished in 2010, the Welsh Gov­ern­ment set out its tar­get of re­duc­ing green­house gases in Wales by 3% year on year and at least a 40% re­duc­tion by 2020.

The com­mit­tee was given three rea­sons for the fail­ure – the EU’s Emis­sions Trad­ing Scheme, the eco­nomic make-up of Wales and weather pat­terns.

But mem­bers con­cluded these vari­ables should have been taken into ac­count when the poli­cies were de­vel­oped and tar­gets set.

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