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Environment - protection and quality

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Climate change is the way the world's climate is changing as a result of the level of gases in the atmosphere. These pages tell you what we are doing.
Our policies and actions to help create a sustainable, low carbon economy for Wales.
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We want to protect our communities and make sure they are able to cope with any future pressures from the environment.

Through our work around waste, water, flood risk management, energy efficiency and energy supply we are helping create these more sustainable communities.

Protecting our communities  

The local environmental quality of our neighborhoods is a concern for many. Issues such as fly-tipping, littering, graffiti, dog fouling and noise can be major problems.  

We are committed to tackling these issues, not just through regulation and enforcement but also by funding initiatives such as Tidy Towns which aims to empower communities to take action to improve the quality of their local environment. There is also Fly-tipping Action Wales which is a Natural Resources Wales led initiative tackling fly-tipping.

Adapting to the impacts of climate change

Tackling climate change is really important to us. We need to take steps now to cope with its likely impacts – such as on flooding and water supply - and act to reduce Wales’ carbon footprint. This is the major challenge for governments worldwide and Wales is leading the way in many areas.

How we are tackling waste

Reducing the amount of waste we produce and recycling as much as possible can bring economic as well as environmental benefits. Our ambition is for Wales to recycle 70 per cent of all waste by 2025 and be 'zero waste' by 2050.

In 2010-2011 we recycled 44 per cent of our municipal waste. We are working closely with local authorities and other sectors to make sure that we prevent waste wherever we can and recycle everything which can be recycled.

The quality of our water and air

The quality of the environment is important to us. Air and water quality is vastly improved compared to Wales’ industrial era. We continue to monitor levels of pollution and work with the organisations responsible to comply with the latest European standards.

Regulating our environment and pollutants  

One of the most important tools we have for protecting our environment is regulation. It ensures that everyone has the same protection from environmental hazards. Chemicals, radioactivity and pollution from industrial sources all need to be regulated.

The Environmental Permitting Regulations address all forms of industrial pollution. Our chemicals legislation means safety data on hazardous substances is provided and acted upon throughout the supply chain. Other regulation ensures that the benefits of using radioactive materials can be gained while protecting human health and the environment.