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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 - Update on tobacco policy »Standardised packaging of tobacco products and Sub Committees on The Smoke-free Premises etc. (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.Learn more »
Internet short cut for Welsh village with the longest name
The Welsh village with the longest name in the UK has succeeded in at least making one thing a whole lot shorter – the time it takes to surf the internet.
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- Consultation on proposals for ground-breaking legislation to reform arrangements for renting homes
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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 »
- Higher Education (Wales) Bill: Technical consultation
- Renting Homes White Paper
- Continuity and Change - Refreshing the Relationship between Welsh Government and the Third Sector 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
- The draft School Governors’ Annual Reports (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
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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 - EU Publication of the EU Climate and Energy Package
I would like to welcome the publication today of the EU Climate and Energy Package which includes:
- Proposal for a Directive designed to amend the current EU Emissions Trading Scheme Directive
- A proposal on the effort of Member States to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the Community’s greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments up to 2020
- Proposed Directive on the geological storage of carbon dioxide
Proposed Directive on renewable energyProposal for a Directive designed to amend the current EU ETS
DirectiveThe EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) is a cap and trade mechanism that aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from energy intensive industries. It currently covers around 40% of all EU-27 greenhouse gas emissions.
The proposed Directive sets out how the scheme would work from 2012 onwards. Key elements of the proposal include:
- Increasing the proportion of allowances that are auctioned rather than allocated free of charge
- Harmonised rules on allocation of free allowances
- Proposals in relation to redistributing auctioning allowances
- Expanding the scope of the Scheme to cover new sectors and new gases (nitrous oxide and perfluorocarbons)
- A de minimis threshold for inclusion in the Scheme
The proposed Directive aims to provide greater predictability for industry on the long term trajectory for emission reduction. We will need to consider the detail of the proposal and its impact on particular sectors.
I will be looking to the Environment Agency, who are the regulator for installations covered by the EU ETS in Wales, to look closely at the proposal and begin to consider how they will help Welsh businesses prepare for the next stages in the Scheme’s development.
A proposal on the effort of Member States to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the Community’s greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments up to 2020
This sets out to deliver on the commitment made in the 2007 Spring European Council to achieving a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as part of an international climate agreement, or a 20% unilateral cut.
This proposal focuses on determining the contribution of Member States to meeting the EU’s greenhouse gas emission reduction commitment for greenhouse gas emissions from sources not covered by the EU ETS.
This is expected to affect principally small-scale emitters such as transport (cars, trucks), buildings (in particular heating), services, small industrial installations, agriculture and waste.
The level of effort suggested for each Member State varies and has been proposed on the basis of a formula. The proposed contribution for the UK is a 16% reduction.
In One Wales, we commit to setting sectoral targets for residential emissions, transport and the public sector.
Proposed Directive on the geological storage of carbon dioxide
The proposed Directive aims to provide a framework to encourage the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the EU.
CCS involves a series of technological processes that involve capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the gases emitted as a result of industrial processes and then transporting it before injecting it into geological formations.
Key sectors which are likely to use CCS include power generation from fossil fuels, principally coal and gas, but CCS can also be applied to CO2-intensive industries such as cement, refineries, iron and steel, petrochemicals, oil and gas processing and others.
It is proposed that CCS be included in Phase III (2013-2017) of the EU ETS to incentivise its deployment. During Phase II, which started on 1 Jan 2008, CCS installations can opt in.
Wales is already at the forefront of developing this technology with the announcement last year that RWe that it would pilot the UK's first Carbon Dioxide Capture pilot plant at Aberthaw Power Station.
An initial £8.4m investment will focus on a 1MW capture plant, with further investment planned to support a capture and storage demonstrator plant of at least 25MW.
Proposed Directive on renewable energy
The proposed Directive aims to establish national renewable energy targets that result in an overall binding target of a 20% share of renewable energy sources in energy consumption in 2020 and a binding 10% minimum target for biofuels in transport to be achieved by each Member State.
It aims to increase the share of renewable energy in EU consumption from the current 8.5%.
Member States will be able to decide how to achieve their targets through action in three sectors: electricity, heating and cooling and transport.
The minimum 10% share of biofuels in transport is applicable in all Member States.
The proposed target for the UK is 15%.
We are already working hard in to ensure we are ahead of the game.
Our Renewables Energy Route Map, which will be published for consultation in February, will set out how we should transform Wales into an exemplar, competitive, low-carbon energy economy and how we might make Wales self-sufficient in renewable energy in 20 years.
I was also pleased to announce the progress of the Severn tidal power feasibility study this week that has the potential to secure a substantial contribution of renewable energy.
In summary, the package is an important step towards delivering the commitments made at the 2007 Spring European Council and to drive action across the EU to tackle climate change.
The Assembly Government has put tackling climate change at the heart of its aspirations for Wales and will ensure we play our part in helping the UK meet its commitment to this ambitious agenda. The timing of the publication of the EU package complements work that we have already taken and have in ha