Speaking at the Westminster launch of the report, Ms Davidson, Minister for Environment, Sustainability & Housing said:
I would like to welcome this hugely significantly report. It is a major contribution to the evidence base on climate change action. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Committee for their work, rigour and expertise. We will now study the report very carefully to see how it impacts on policy in Wales and to prepare our response to the Secretary of State.
The Climate Change Act, which recently came into statute, specifies that the Assembly Government and other devolved administrations should be consulted on a number of key decisions, such as setting the carbon budget.
We all have a role to play in tackling climate change and the development of the Climate Change Act has been an extremely positive example of joint working across the four administrations.
Climate change is a real challenge for Wales, the UK and the world. It is a threat to us all and taking no action is not an option. I am determined that Wales does all it can to cut emissions and reduce our carbon footprint.
The Welsh Assembly Government has made tackling climate change one of its key priorities to deliver its fair share of emission reductions for the UK. This is reflected in our commitment to achieve annual 3% reductions in emissions in areas of devolved competence from 2011.
Our target is intended to deliver year on year reductions and to stimulate early emission reduction. Early reductions will be critical to getting on the right trajectory to deliver ambitious longer term targets. Sustained reductions of 3% each year would enable Wales to achieve an 80% reduction before 2050.
1 December 2008