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“Lack of urgency” within Welsh Government’s Net Zero Carbon Budget, says Shadow Minister

In cross-examining the Welsh Government’s Minister for Climate Change today, Janet Finch-Saunders MS (Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Member of the Welsh Parliament for Aberconwy) highlighted her concerns about a lack of urgency within the administration’s Net Zero Wales Carbon Budget 2 (2021-25) document.


The Carbon Budget was released last week but detailed that the public would have to wait until 2022 for the department to set out a plan for innovation in new renewable energy technology, and until 2023 for officials to identify potential Strategic Resource Areas for marine renewable energy.

Commenting after her Plenary contribution, Janet said:

“In opening the COP26 UN Climate Conference yesterday, our Prime Minister, the Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, had his finger on the pulse when he stated that humanity has long since rundown the clock on climate change, with earth standing at one minute to midnight, requiring action now. “But that sense of urgency seems lost in the Carbon Budget released last week. To have to wait until 2023 for officials to identify potential Strategic Resource Areas for marine renewable energy shows that they have been too slow to institute the mapping processes required, despite the long history of evidence provided by stakeholders to the relevant Senedd committees. “Similarly, if the Welsh Government is serious about nuclear energy, how can it be that the their own development company, Cwmni Egino, announced over a year ago, and allocated £2.5 million still does not have a formal business plan? “I am also greatly concerned that, given that there are 900,000 owner occupier homes across Wales, the administration’s Warm Homes Programme, between 2011 and 2023, is only expected to have reached 79,000 homes. This is why I have urged the Minister to revise the eligibility criteria for Arbed and Nest so to help even more homes become more energy efficient.”

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Photo: Janet Finch-Saunders MS/AS

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