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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 »
Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
Farmers and Welsh Government will come together today to plan for a healthy and vibrant agricultural industry.
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- Industry and government plan for a healthy future for farming in Wales
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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.
Sky lanterns: environmental and risk assessment »To establish an evidence base to help any future policy decisions on sky lanterns and helium balloons.Learn more »
- Future management of private water supply pipes
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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 - Publication of the Climate Change Strategy – High Level Policy Statement consultation
Today I launched a consultation on stage one of the Assembly Government’s Climate Change Strategy.
The purpose of the consultation document is to set out the Assembly Government’s policy objectives in relation to climate change, building on the commitments contained in One Wales and recognising the new statutory framework established by the Climate Change Act 2008.
The consultation document sets out a comprehensive definition of our 3% emission reduction target, which the Climate Change Commission for Wales has helped inform, but also recognises that action on adapting to the impacts of climate change will be a key element of our final strategy.
We are committed to a sustained reduction in emissions over time. This means that we not only need to take action that is going to deliver emission reductions now, but we also need to begin making the changes that will put us on the right pathway to continue achieving the 3% target in the future. We must plan to make emission reductions over the next five, ten and twenty years to deliver the ambitious longer term targets set out in the UK Climate Change Act.
In defining our annual 3% emission reduction target in more detail we propose that it will relate to emissions of the six greenhouse gases included in the disaggregated greenhouse gas inventory. It will include all ‘direct’ greenhouse gas emissions in Wales, except those from heavy industry and power generation, which are being broadly defined as those installations covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).
This means that the direct emissions from transport, the residential sector, the public sector, waste, agriculture and land use change will be included, along with all business and industrial emissions that are not subject to the EU ETS. Additionally, we will be including the emissions resulting from electricity consumption in each sector.
We have taken a broad definition of the activities covered by our targets; for example all Welsh residential or transport emissions. These emissions will be influenced by a range of factors, not just Assembly Government policies and programmes. Our actions will sit alongside UK and EU initiatives to drive emission reduction and behavioural change within each sector. Only in conjunction with UK and EU efforts will Wales achieve the reduction in emissions that we are looking for. A critical element of all of action to tackle climate change will be effective communication and engagement with people, communities and organisations across Wales.
To measure the target, we will compare the relevant emissions in each individual year from 2011 onwards to a baseline. This baseline will be an average of the relevant emissions between 2006 and 2010, but will be updated every ten years to ensure it reflects up-to-date emission levels. We will use the disaggregated greenhouse gas inventory, which reports Wales-specific emissions, as the main data source to set the baseline and measure progress. Progress against the target will be assessed by a simple comparison between the level of emissions and the baseline.
As well as defining the targets in more detail, the consultation sets out a clear vision for what a low carbon Wales which is resilient to the impacts of climate change might look like. It then highlights, in broad terms, the key areas where we anticipate that we will need to take action to reduce emissions, and the framework for developing adaptation action.
These broad ideas will be developed and a programme of action containing specific proposals for policies and programmes to deliver the vision will be published for consultation in later in 2009. The current consultation provides a key opportunity for early input into the development of that programme.
As well as using the responses to this consultation to inform the development of our programme of action, we will also draw on the reports produced by the Climate Change Commission Sub Groups and the advice of the Committee on Climate Change as set out in their report Building a low-carbon economy – the UK’s contribution to tackling climate change, published on 1 December 2008. The report not only provides advice on the level of reduction the UK as a whole needs to achieve, but also provides a detailed assessment of where potential emission reductions can be found and the sorts of policies and programmes required to deliver them.
The consultation launched today is an important stage in our response to the challenge posed by climate change. Climate change cannot be tackled by any single country alone, but that is not an excuse for inaction.
We want Wales to take a lead and to demonstrate how a small country can make a positive difference on climate change. As part of this cooperative effort with the international community, at the start of December I attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznań, Poland.
This conference was the last in a series working towards shaping an international response to climate change to replace the Kyoto Protocol, and to be agreed in Copenhagen later this year.
Much of my work in Poznań was in conjunction with representatives of other sub-national Governments, and was aimed at ensuring the new framework recognises the importance of regional leadership for achieving emission reductions and adapting to climate change. It is clear that many of levers for action are with government at this level and that many of the most dynamic and innovative approaches to the challenge are being developed by small countries, regions and states – the Assembly Government is determined that Wales should play its full part too.