The Welsh Liberal Democrats want Wales to lead the way on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, calling for a target to reduce them by 100% by 2050 to be enshrined in the Environment Bill.
The party has tabled an amendment to the Environment Bill to enshrine such a target in law, which will be considered at a committee meeting on Thursday.
Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, the party will lead debate in the Welsh Assembly on Wednesday calling on the Welsh Government to “lead with ambition” in enshrining the target into law.
The call builds upon previous policies announced by the Welsh Lib Dems for Wales to produce enough energy to meet its own needs by 2050, and to overhaul the planning system in favour of small-scale community renewable energy projects.
William Powell AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment Minister, said:
“Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing us, and Welsh Liberal Democrats know that Wales needs to play its part in fighting it. Setting this target would be very ambitious, but this is the sort of ambition that we need to show in order to win this fight.
“But we shouldn’t be viewing tackling climate change as just 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.
“It’s clear that neither Labour can’t be trusted to deliver a greener Wales, given they can’t even meet their own emissions targets as it is, and the Tories have declared war on the renewables sector in Government.
“Only the Welsh Liberal Democrats have the ambition and the fresh ideas that Wales needs to tackle climate change and grow a green economy.”