Following the endorsement of a Nature Compact by G7 leaders over the weekend, which committed to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030, the Welsh Conservatives’ Shadow Minister for Climate Change – Janet Finch-Saunders MS – has welcomed the new global mission, urging the Welsh Government to deliver on its targets and commitments. At the summit in Cornwall’s Carbis Bay, G7 leaders also committed to almost halving emissions by 2030, relative to 2010, given that the countries account for 20% of global carbon emissions. The UK Government is already going further, having pledged to cut emissions by at least 68% by 2030 on 1990 levels (58% reduction on 2010 levels). Commenting on the commitments, Janet said: “Wales is home to world-leading climate scientists who are telling us, in no uncertain terms, that we urgently need to cut emissions to create a healthy planet. It is a reality that we are all living with constituencies across Wales, including mine in Aberconwy, witnessing extreme weather and flooding. “This is why the G7’s commitment to halve their emissions by 2030, relative to 2010, as well as the introduction of a new Nature Compact is extremely important. It is a necessary bold step that will help to drive forward a global Green Industrial Revolution that will positively transform the way we live. “Later this year, the UK will host the COP26 Summit which will once again place us in a firm leadership position. But Wales still stands at a crossroads with no plans for a permanent environmental governance body being laid before the Senedd and a Clean Air Act for Wales still pending. “This is why the Welsh Government must confirm that it will look to broadly implement the compact and raising our ambition wherever possible. In supporting Welsh farmers to be net zero by 2040 and in bringing forward incremental change to transport and housing policy, we have a real chance to become a world leader – now devolved policy must catch up.” ENDS Notes to Editors:
The Welsh Government has announced that all road schemes will be reviewed and a new law to tackle air pollution will be introduced in the next year. Wales is aiming to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
A December 2020 report by the Climate Change Committee, which advises governments in the UK, said: "Underlying indicators and the lack of a cohesive, economy-wide strategy for 2050 - at both UK and Welsh government level - mean that Wales was not currently on track for the existing 80% target, let alone net zero."
You can find the full text of the G7 Nature Compact here.
Photo: Janet Finch-Saunders MS/AS