The Welsh Assembly Government Commission will be chaired by the Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing Jane Davidson at the Senedd.
She will be joined by Commission members from a wide range of political, business, local authority, trade and rural organisations.
The Minister said:
I am delighted that Wales is leading the way in the battle against climate change through setting up this Commission.
The Commission was one of the Assembly Government’s top priorities outlined in the One Wales document which set out our Government business.
Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing the people of Wales and the world in which we all live today. Tackling it to reduce its impact on Wales’s environment, communities, infrastructure and economy is one of the Assembly Government’s top priorities.
The Assembly Government has a key leadership role to play – but we cannot do this alone.
The Commission will be important in helping Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government meet the challenge of climate change by gathering information and ideas and helping to build agreement with people from a wide range of political, business, local authority, trade and rural organisations.
The Commission’s job is to help develop new policies and create broad agreement on a way forward.
The first meeting of the Commission, which is one of the first of its kind in the world, will be addressed by guest speaker Professor Kevin Anderson Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, who is one of the Commission members.
The Minister and Professor Anderson will outline the vision and overview of the Commission during the open session of the meeting.
At a second, closed session, Commission members will establish terms of reference, commissioners’ role and work priorities.
Membership of the Commission includes the Conservative, Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru political parties; the Carbon Trust in Wales, CBI Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology, Countryside Council for Wales, Cynnal Cymru, Energy Saving Trust Wales, Environment Agency Wales, WLGA, TUC Cymru, UK Climate Change Impacts Programme and Wales Environment Link.
Notes to Editors:
Establishing the Climate Change Commission was one of the One Wales commitments to help the Welsh Assembly Government achieve a sustainable environment.
The Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing announced the setting up of the Commission in an Oral Statement to Plenary on October 17, 2007.
The meeting which begins at 11am on December 10 will be the first meeting and will agree terms of reference. Future meetings will be held quarterly.
The commission will be all-party, all sector – its membership drawn from a range of public and private sector organisations, private companies, charities, unions. They will all have one thing in common: an active interest in climate change. Through their membership of the Commission they will be able to advise and help inform WAG climate change policy and the Climate Change Bill.
10 December 2007