Responding to a statement from the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Climate Change on the conclusion of COP26, Janet Finch-Saunders MS/AS - the Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Climate Change and the Member of the Welsh Parliament for Aberconwy – urged the devolved administration to use the moment to review and increase the ambition of their clean energy and transport proposals.
Commenting on COP26 outside the Siambr, Janet:
“The world was on course for a devastating four degrees of warming this century. After Paris, we were heading for three degrees and, following our presidency in Glasgow, we are now facing 1.8C. Whilst this is heading in the right direction, delivering change, more work is required. “Thankfully, the Glasgow Climate Pact will speed up the pace of climate action, and all countries agreed to revisit their current emissions targets to 2030 next year. So I should like to congratulate COP26 President Alok Sharma and his team for their sterling efforts in producing a successful global event.”
Mrs Finch-Saunders’ speech underlined the important role that nuclear energy will have in assisting Wales’ green recovery. Last week the UK Government backed small nuclear technology with £210 million.
The Shadow Minister’s contribution also made clear that road transport accounts for over 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and the total emissions are rising faster than any other sector.
Marking the need for action from Welsh Government, Janet said:
“On the back of further monetary support from the UK Government, I am clear that new nuclear has a crucial role to play in providing reliable, affordable, low carbon energy as Britain works to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels. So urgent updates should be provided on Cwmni Egino and work being undertaken to see SMRs in Wales. “During COP the Zero Emission Vehicles Transition Council outlined its action plan for 2022, which includes setting out a collective vision for global charging infrastructure. However, there is only one rapid charging point in Snowdonia National Park and not a single rapid charging point in Dwyfor Meirionnydd. “Yet, the Welsh Government is only aiming to deliver 50 rapid charging points on the 1,000 miles of trunk road network of Wales by 2025. Transport is our third largest greenhouse gas emitting sector so it is vital that the Deputy Minister reviews his plans on delivering charging points. "Elsewhere, rather than the Welsh Government position to see a substantial decrease in red meats and dairy products over the next 20 years, I have urged the Deputy Minister to acknowledge the finding by Bangor University that Welsh sheep and beef farms using non-intensive methods have among the lowest greenhouse gas emissions of comparable systems globally. Using the new international contacts made in Glasgow, we now have an opportunity to back Welsh meat and the green way in which it is produced globally.”