The UK’s Committee on Climate Change has today given its recommendations for CO2 cuts in Wales over the next decade, setting out how the region can play a leading role in tackling climate change while also growing its economy. Wales should set carbon budgets aiming for a 23 per cent reduction in 1990 greenhouse gas levels by 2020 and a 33 per cent cut by 2025, according to the independent statutory body, which provides recommendations to the UK government and devolved administrations on how to comply with the Climate Change Act 2008. Wales has a target to reduce its overall greenhouse gases by 80 per cent from 1990 levels by 2050, and has so far cut emissions by 19 per cent as of 2015, while the UK as a whole has seen its emissions drop by 37 per cent over the same period. But the CCC said achieving an overall 80 per cent CO2 cut in Wales by 2050 would be “more challenging” than the equivalent reduction for the whole of the UK, and set out a number of recommendations for CO2 cuts in specific sectors over which powers are devolved.
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Meeting carbon-reduction targets will be more challenging for Wales than the UK as a whole, government advisers have warned. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has made a series of recommendations on meeting emissions targets. They include tightening house-building standards and increasing the use of onshore wind farms. The Welsh Government welcomed the report and said it was working on long-term actions.
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