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Bill unveiled to set greenhouse gas emission reduction targets

Words: Roger Milne

The Welsh Government will be required to set legally binding targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050 under a proposed new law unveiled this week.

The legislation, the Environment (Wales) Bill, is designed to improve Wales’s management of its natural resources and will require the administration to set carbon budgets between 2016 and 2050.

The bill provides the Welsh government with powers to take action to achieve higher levels of waste recycling, and increase food waste treatment and energy recovery.

The legislation will require the Welsh Government to produce a national policy that sets out the priorities and opportunities for managing Wales’s natural resources sustainably.

This will be underpinned by a suite of so-called area statements prepared by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) identifying the challenges for the management of natural resources at a local level.

The bill also clarifies the law for a number of existing environmental regulatory regimes including marine licensing, land drainage and flood risk management.