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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.
- Cardiff Airport key to Wales’ position in global market – First Minister
- 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 - Greenhouse gas emissions in Wales in 2007 and update on Climate Change Strategy for Wales
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 24 September 2009.
The “basket” of six Greenhouse Gases is 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 2009 report shows that, for Wales:
- Total emissions of the six Greenhouse Gases in Wales for 2007 were 46.8MtCO2 equivalent . This represents a 6.8% decrease on 2006 and a 14.7% decrease on base year emissions of the six greenhouse gases.
- Total emissions of CO2 in Wales for 2007 were 39MtCO2 equivalent , which represents a 7% decrease on 2006 and a 9.5% decrease on base year CO2 emissions
These figures show a reduction in emissions when compared to the base year. While year on year fluctuations are inevitable, this points to the importance of taking concerted action if we are to see the level of sustained reductions in emissions over time that will be needed to combat climate change.
Our One Wales commitments as a Government recognise the global threat of climate change and that the Assembly Government must be at the forefront of tackling the causes and effects in Wales. There is a specific commitment to aim to reduce emissions in Wales by 3% per year by 2011 in areas of devolved competence, and to set sectoral targets for residential emissions, transport and the public sector.
Through the Climate Change Commission, we have commissioned the Tyndall Centre to explore the action to be taken and the implication from this when seeking to achieve different emission reduction scenarios – 3%, 6% and 9% per year. This is because we recognise that the scientific evidence illustrates that even steeper reductions than we are currently committed are required, but that these are very challenging. We want to try to ensure that we are taking actions that could be intensified to deliver greater reductions in the future and to avoid doing things that lock us into higher emission pathways.
The emissions included in the 3% target will be all those disaggregated to Wales in the annual greenhouse gas inventory except those coming from heavy industry and energy generation, which we have loosely defined as those emissions covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
We also recognise the importance of reducing electricity consumption in reducing emissions, and so will be including emissions resulting from electricity consumption.
The Climate Change Commission has played a large role in defining the methodology we use to measure our progress in achieving the 3% reduction.
The Commission will continue to provide leadership and build a shared view on the necessary action.
The next meeting of the Climate Change Commission will take place on the 27th October. The Commission will be looking at a summary of the responses to the Climate Change Strategy Programme of Action consultation and considering the best way for these responses to be incorporated into the final Climate Change Strategy. In addition the UK Committee on Climate Change, which is currently reviewing our Climate Change Strategy Programme of Action, will be providing feedback on the consultation document and discussing how well it meets their expectations for the role of the devolved governments in tackling climate change.
We have already taken a number of important steps:
- developing a ‘National Energy Efficiency and Savings Plan’, the consultation on which has recently ended.
- developing a scheme to install renewable microgeneration technology in fuel poor households.
- developing a project to support community energy generation through the EU Convergence Programme.
- held a series of community events on climate change and developed a community information pack.
- appointed six Climate Change Champions for Wales (one of whom has also become one of the British Council’s International Climate Champions).
- published the Renewable Energy Route Map proposing that, within 20 years, Wales can produce as much electricity from renewable sources as it consumes.
- In addition, we want all new buildings constructed in Wales from 2011 onwards to be zero carbon. We are pursuing devolution of the Building Regulations to help us move this forward, and the Sustainable Development Commission has helped up to set up a Low Carbon Hub - a ‘coalition of the willing’ from the building industry and other organisations who want to help us achieve these reductions.
- Strengthening planning policy in relations to climate change.
- The Assembly Government is also earmarking exemplar projects to help us plan effectively for zero carbon. These are being driven by the Department for Economy and Transport. An initial 28 sites have been identified to undergo energy assessments to underpin low/zero carbon developments, many of which are mixed use. The aim is to have a focused strategy in order to learn lessons and gain experience which can be applied to subsequent projects.