Deputy Minister fails to answer important questions following alarming CCC report

Following a statement by the Welsh Government on today’s report by the Climate Change Committee (CCC), the Welsh Conservatives Shadow Minister for Climate Change – Janet Finch-Saunders MS – has urged for the allowance of flooding inquiries and for incentives to be brought forward to assist in the increasing need for passive cooling methods. Following her intervention in the Senedd, Janet said: “The publication of today’s CCC report is a serious wakeup call for the Welsh Government in particular. It is all well and good their repeated statements claiming vision and ambition to address the climate and nature emergency, but their record and this CCC report does not recognise this as fact. “As I have said before, many of us are seeing climate change first hand in our constituencies due to flooding. Since 2019 I have been calling for an independent inquiry into flooding in the Conwy Valley, and more recently a similar request has been made by the community in Rhondda Cynon Taf. “I am adamant that such inquiries should be part of the forward positive action to be taken in Wales, especially as this report found that risks are not being managed effectively and flooding garnered only two lines in the Programme of Government published this week. With homes at risk, more must be done. “Giving rising temperatures in summer will become increasingly problematic for public health, I have also asked the Welsh Government to build increased cooling demand into their future energy policies and to look at introducing a scheme to incentivise the uptake of passive cooling methods. “I was deeply disappointed that these points were not directly addressed in the Deputy Minister’s response. Now is the time to be taking these issues seriously, rather than playing politics with our semantics.” ENDS Photo: Janet Finch-Saunders MS/AS

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