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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
The Welsh village with the longest name in the UK has succeeded in at least making one thing a whole lot shorter – the time it takes to surf the internet.
- Cardiff Airport key to Wales’ position in global market – First Minister
- Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Written - Greenhouse gas emissions in Wales in 2006 and update on action to tackle climate change
AEA Energy and Environment produce the Greenhouse Gas Inventories for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on a regular basis. The latest disaggregated figures were published on 18 September 2008.
The “basket” of six Greenhouse Gases is measured as follows:
- emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are measured against the base year 1990
- emissions of hydroflurocarbons, perflurocarbons and sulphur hexafluoride are measured against the base year 1995
Carbon Dioxide is by far the most significant component of the basket, representing over 80% of the total.
The September 2008 report shows that, for Wales:
- Total emissions of the six Greenhouse Gases in Wales for 2006 were 51.1MtCO2 equivalent. This represents a 3.9% increase on 2005 and a 7.4% decrease on base year emissions of the six greenhouse gases.
- Total emissions of CO2 in Wales for 2006 were 42.5MtCO2 equivalent, which represents a 4.7% increase on 2005 and a 1.8% decrease on base year CO2 emissions
These figures show a reduction in emissions when compared to the base year but an increase in emissions compared to 2005. While year on year fluctuations are inevitable, this points to the importance of taking concerted action if we are to see the level of sustained reductions in emissions over time that will be needed to combat climate change.
Our One Wales commitments as a Government recognise the global threat of climate change and that the Assembly Government must be at the forefront of tackling the causes and effects in Wales. There is a specific commitment to reduce emissions in Wales by 3% per year by 2011 in areas of devolved competence, and to set sectoral targets for residential emissions, transport and the public sector.
The 3% target will measure our future progress in delivering greenhouse gas emission reduction. The Climate Change Commission for Wales which we established earlier this year provides leadership and builds a shared view on the necessary action.
The next meeting of the Climate Change Commission will take place on the 9th October and the Commission will be looking at the outline proposals for delivering the 3% target. In October we will also be seeking advice on the proposed approach from the UK Committee on Climate Change. We intend to consult on our Climate Change Strategy early next year.
We have already taken a number of important steps:
- announced a package of measures to make sure land use planning addresses climate change.
- begun work on a ‘National Energy Efficiency and Savings Plan’.
- developing a scheme to install renewables microgeneration in fuel poor households.
- developing a project to support community energy generation through the EU Convergence Programme.
- held a series of community events on climate change and developed a community information pack.
- appointed the first six Climate Change Champions for Wales (one of whom has also become one of the British Council’s International Climate Champions).
- published the Renewable Energy Route Map proposing that , within 20 years, Wales can produce as much electricity from renewable sources as it consumes.
- published the Wales Transport Strategy which includes reducing greenhouse gases from transport as a key strategic priority. Work is underway on the National Transport Plan which will show how this key priority will be delivered.
- commissioning work from the Sustainable Development Commission in support of our aspiration for all new buildings constructed in Wales from 2011 to achieve zero carbon, continuing to secure devolution of the building regulations and the raising of energy performance expectations for construction work we fund