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‘Environment Bill must go further to tackle climate change and protect nature in Wales’– Welsh Liberal Democrats

2015 Mai 12 4:10 PM

The Welsh Labour Government lacks ambition to protect our environment, William Powell AM has said today following the launch the Environment (Wales) Bill.

William Powell, Welsh Lib Dem spokesperson on the Environment, has called on the Welsh Government to show greater commitment to tackling climate change and protecting biodiversity in Wales.

Speaking following a statement in the Assembly Chamber this afternoon, William Powell said:

"The targets in this Bill to cut greenhouse gas emissions are unambitious and simply don't go far enough. The Welsh Liberal Democrats support a new legally-binding target for the UK to be zero carbon by 2050 and the Welsh Government should match this ambition, so that Wales can play its part in helping to safeguard our environment.

"Protection of biodiversity is vital not only to tackling climate change, but also to ensure that future generations can enjoy the diverse wildlife and countryside that we enjoy today. Sadly the Welsh Government failed in its aim to halt the decline of biodiversity by 2010; in fact a recent report by Oxfam found that Wales has superseded proposed 'safe' boundaries by 55% in terms of biodiversity loss.

"It is vital that this Bill includes ambitious targets on greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a new long term statutory biodiversity target to reflect Wales' international biodiversity commitments and work in tandem with the proposed climate change targets.

"The Welsh Labour Government also needs to show a stronger commitment to moving towards a decarbonisation of the power and other energy sectors, as well as improving energy efficiency across Wales. The Welsh Liberal Democrats want to end the dependence on carbon and want to move towards a Zero Carbon Wales."