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Every Welsh Lib Dem law would have carbon impact assessment

2016 Mawrth 1 12:12 PM

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have pledged to introduce a carbon impact assessment to all new laws, so that assessments can be made of their environmental impact.

Announcing proposals they would introduce if in Government, the party also said it would publish a Carbon Budget alongside the Welsh Government Budget each year, ensuring that Wales remains on track to meet emission reduction targets for Wales and enabling decision-makers to have a clear idea of what impact decisions would have on the environment.

William Powell AM, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment Minister, said:

"Let us be in no doubt: climate change is one of the biggest threats facing mankind. Wales needs a government with the will and ambition to tackle this head on.

"Climate change needs to be factored into all key decisions made by this and future Welsh Governments. That is why the Welsh Liberal Democrats are committed to delivering a carbon impact assessment to all new laws that we would introduce. We would also publish a carbon budget alongside our Annual Budget each year.

"It is essential that emission reduction is embedded into all decision making. In order to meet ambitious targets on climate change it will be necessary for departments across the board to be conscious of their carbon footprint, and to ensure that all policies are as green as possible.

"We believe that every Welsh Government Minister should produce a report describing the direct and indirect impact on greenhouse gas emissions of its plans.

"Labour in Wales have failed in protecting our environment, while the Tories have declared war on the renewables sector. It is only the Welsh Liberal Democrats who have the ambition and the fresh ideas that Wales needs to tackle climate change and grow our green economy."