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Final call on Labour to support Welsh Lib Dem zero emissions target

January 25, 2016 5:56 PM

Tuesday's votes on the Environment Bill mark Labour's last chance to support Welsh Liberal Democrat plans for a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and to live up to their promise at the recent Paris summit, the party has said.

The Welsh Lib Dems are re-tabling amendments at Stage 3 of the Environment Bill to introduce the targets, as well as a raft of other measures to make up for Labour's poverty of ambition in tackling climate change.

The party's amendments on targets to halt the loss of nature in Wales have already gained the Government's support and are expected to be passed by the Assembly on Tuesday.

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

"December saw Labour Ministers talking themselves up on the climate world stage in Paris, yet at home they seem as unambitious on tackling climate change as ever.

"These targets are not just necessary to ensure Wales plays its part; they're an opportunity for Wales to drive forward a new high-skilled green industry and create potentially thousands of jobs.

"This is Labour's last chance to show they have mettle on climate change. I do hope they join with us and vote for an ambitious emissions target, for the sake of our future generations and to blaze a trail for the rest of the world to follow."