Welsh Lib Dems unveil ambitious plans for environment
The Welsh Liberal Democrats are today launching their ambitious five point plan to fight climate change.
The party has today published its plans for the environment in a policy paper titled 'Towards a Greener Tomorrow'.
The paper includes five ambitious targets:
net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050;
100% of electricity demand from renewable sources by 2025;
a 50% reduction in energy used for heating and electricity by 2030;
an increase in cycling rates to 10% by 2025 and 25% by 2050; and
halting the loss of biodiversity by 2020.
William Powell AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment Minister, will be launching the proposals today at GB-Sol, a manufacturer of solar PV modules.
Commenting, William said:
"Climate change is the biggest threat facing our planet. The Welsh Liberal Democrats know that Wales needs to play its part in fighting it.
"We must aim for zero-net emissions to win the fight against climate change and repay the historical debt from our industrial legacy.
"It is time for fresh ambition and leadership. Strong decisive actions need to be taken right now.
"Tackling climate change shouldn't just be seen as an obligation, but more as an opportunity to build a stronger, greener economy here in Wales. With the right ambition, we could lead the way in renewable technologies and in creating a circular economy.
"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."
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