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Section highlightHouses into homes This report details findings to emerge from the evaluation during the first six months of delivery (April to September 2012).
Written Statement - The Draft Control of Dogs (Wales) Bill »We are committed to ensuring that out-of-control and dangerous dogs are dealt with effectively.Learn more »
Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
Health Minister Mark Drakeford has given a clear message to NHS managers to take action in response to the recent NHS Wales staff survey
- Minister supports International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
- Porth Eirias set to be major North Wales attraction
- Minister tells NHS managers: "Listen to your staff and take action"
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Section highlightAccess to information
The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
National minimum standards for regulated child care »These standards determine whether child minding and day care settings are providing adequate care for children under the age of 8.Learn more »
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector in Wales
- Repealing air quality ‘Further Assessments’ from Part IV of the Environment Act 1995
- Equality Impact Assessment of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan for Wales
- Consultation on the Equality Impact Assessments for the 2014-2020 Structural Funds Programmes in Wales
- Development of a national standards and outcomes framework for Children and Young People's advocacy services in Wales
- Strategic Environmental Assessment: Environmental Report, Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020
Featured consultation »Implementing the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011
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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
Legislative programme 2012 - 2013 »
Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
Local authorities can charge a Community Infrastructure Levy on new developments to support the infrastructure needed.
2nd Supplementary Budget 2012-13 »
Proposes a number of changes to the 1st Supplementary Budget for 2012-13, which was published on 26 June 2012.Learn more »
Written - Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Wales in 2005 and Government Intentions from 2007 Onwards
AEA Energy and Environment produce the Greenhouse Gas Inventories for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on a regular basis. The latest disaggregated figures were published on 18 September 2007.
The “basket” of six Greenhouse Gases are measured as follows:
- emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are measured against the base year 1990
- emissions of hydroflurocarbons, perflurocarbons and sulphur hexafluoride are measured against the base year 1995
Carbon Dioxide is by far the most significant component of the basket, representing over 80% of the total.
The September 2007 report shows that, for Wales:
- in 2005 there was a 9% decrease in emissions of the basket of six Greenhouse gases compared with base year emissions 1990 (the table included below provides more detail.)
- in 2005 there was 4% decrease in CO2 emissions compared to base year emissions
These figures show a reduction in emissions, which is good news, but greenhouse gas emissions are subject to annual fluctuations and we need to see a sustained reduction over time.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing the world and tackling it is a key priority of this Assembly Government.
The One Wales document illustrates the Assembly Government’s commitment to this issue, with proposals to establish a Climate Change Commission for Wales, achieving annual 3% reduction in greenhouse emissions in areas of devolved competence by 2011, committing to setting targets for the carbon neutrality of public buildings and actions in energy and public transport.
Work to tackle climate change is also already underway in all policy areas within the Assembly Government:
We have begun a communications campaign on climate change to encourage people to take action to address climate change. The emphasis is on communicating to local communities through local press and radio and I have sent a copy of the film “An Inconvenient Truth and an accompanying resource pack for teachers to all secondary schools and colleges in Wales. We are developing plans for a wide ranging climate change campaign. All action will need to be developed in collaboration with wider partners to maximise effectiveness and to avoid duplication of effort.
We have set ambitious targets for renewable energy generation and, as part of the energy policies I will be developing, I am committed to reviewing these targets upwards. I want to develop an approach to energy that maximises the opportunities for renewable and low carbon generation and makes the most of Wales’ natural resources. I am also determined that we should find ways to put energy back in the hands of people and communities – microgeneration and community scale generation must become an increasing part of our energy mix.
We have set an ambitious aspiration that all new buildings in Wales should be zero carbon from 2011 and are putting in place actions to move us towards achieving this ambition. For example:
o We now stipulate that where we provide funding or dispose of land for new buildings, it is conditional on the buildings being constructed to BREEAM excellence or equivalent standard.
o We are looking at devolving the Building Regulations to enable us to deliver on our 2011 aspiration.
We sponsor the Carbon Trust activities in Wales, and for 2007-08 this amounts to over £4.4m. The Carbon Trust provides invaluable support, advice and guidance to businesses and the public sector in Wales. We have also recently funded the Energy Saving Trust to accelerate the establishment of a sustainable Energy Network in Wales which will strengthen the infrastructure in Wales for advice on energy efficiency, renewable energy and transport to households, private motorists, communities and micro-size businesses. We are working with the road haulage industry to improve efficiency of lorry fleet operation to save fuel reducing costs and CO2 emissions.
Our Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (HEES) has helped over 72,000 households with energy efficiency measures such as cavity wall insulation, loft insulation, draught proofing. The scheme’s primary purpose is to tackle fuel poverty, but it is also improving the energy performance of domestic properties across Wales.
The Wood Energy Business Scheme has been very successful. Wales is widely regarded as the UK leader in woodfuel. Innovative and successful projects include:
o Ceredigion Council’s 450kw wood chip heating scheme at Aberaeron which heats the Council offices, a school, sheltered housing and a retirement home is an exemplar. Powys County Council have a very similar scheme at the secondary school in Llandrindod Wells.
o Support to a local forestry contractor based in Bala, to purchase a brash baler to harvest forest residues for fuel to supply to the UPM plant at Shotton. This is the first of its kind in the UK.
In 2007-08, we have made available £2 million to support a range of local authority projects that will secure much needed investment to improve the cycling infrastructure in Wales.
We have also made a £10 million commitment under the Safe Routes to Communities programme (this replaces the Safe Routes to Schools scheme). The main focus of the new programme will continue to be on schools, given that in most cases they are located at the heart of communities. Local authorities will however also be able to develop safe routes for walking and cycling which were not focused exclusively on schools, for example, to provide links to leisure centres, parks, hospitals or care centres for the elderly. This gives a major boost to walking and cycling by allowing new schemes to come forward.
The Assembly Government is committed to setting an example through the management of its own estate. A comprehensive review of the administrative estate has been commissioned which will make recommendations on options for driving down the carbon footprint of our buildings and official travel.
Our contribution to the UK Climate Change Programme and other partnership working with the UK Government, Scotland and Northern Ireland is very important.
The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is the key mechanism for reducing emissions from large installations. It is EU-wide and is a cap and trade scheme and so it will not necessarily, lead to emission reductions in Wales, but will lead to reductions across the EU as a whole. The UK has set a tight cap which represents an emissions reduction of 8MtC for Phase ll of the Scheme which will run from 2008-2012.
We are working with the UK Government and other devolved administrations, on the proposals for the Carbon Reduction Commitment which will encourage better energy performance in sectors not covered by the EU ETS.
We are also working very closely with the UK Government on the development of the Climate Change Bill.