Wales aims to be the first country to reach the net zero emissions target by eliminating greenhouse gas pollution by 2035.
- Wales aims to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions 10 years earlier than Scotland
- The ambitious 2035 target is also 15 years ahead of the UK-wide 2050 target
- The Welsh government will now seek advice from the Climate Change Committee (CCC)
Wales plans to adopt the world’s first net-zero emissions target following an agreement struck in Parliament.
The principality aims to reduce greenhouse gas pollution to zero by 2035 – ten years ahead of Scotland’s target and 15 years ahead of the UK’s 2050 target.
A deal struck between Labor and Plaid Cymru at Senedd launched a paper stating that the Welsh government “will seek independent advice to examine potential paths to net zero by 2035”.
The Welsh government will seek advice from the Climate Change Committee (CCC).
Katrina Brandmeyer, of the Green Alliance, told ENDS Report: “Setting goals is critical.
“But long-term goals should not come at the expense of early action to cut emissions now.”
A deal struck between Labor and Plaid Cymru at Senedd launched a paper stating that the Welsh government ‘will seek independent advice to examine potential paths to net zero by 2035’ (Pictured: Welsh First Minister Mark Druckford, Lat)
Wales also stands apart from the rest of the United Kingdom in that it has supported a moratorium on licensed oil and gas production.
Government officials are considering moving the net zero deadline to 2045.
Wales has also joined an international group called the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance founded by Denmark and Costa Ria.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she is considering joining the group, which has 10 national and regional governments on board including France, Greenland, Ireland and California although the UK government has ruled it out.