The Welsh Liberal Democrats have criticised both the Welsh and UK Governments for their lack of ambition in tackling climate change, as Ministers from either end of the M4 negotiate at the UN Summit in Paris.
Welsh Lib Dem Leader Kirsty Williams challenged Labour’s First Minister in the Senedd today on Labour’s environmental record in Government and their failure to back Welsh Lib Dem plans for a 100% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.
Scotland and England have both reduced their carbon emissions by a third between the Base Year (1990 or 1995, depending on the emission) and 2013, whereas Wales only managed a 12% reduction over the same period.
The party have also hit out at the Conservative UK Government for rolling back progress by Lib Dems in Coalition on support for renewable industries, tax breaks for green cars and targets for zero-carbon housing.
Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
“Both the Welsh and UK Governments are represented at these vital talks in Paris, and both delegations should be leading the rest of the world with ambition. Unfortunately, both Governments are letting Wales down with their complete lack of ambition.
“Labour’s solution to climate change in Wales seems to be passing the buck and pretending they have no responsibility to bear. The fact that Wales’ emissions reduction is way behind the rest of the UK is no coincidence – Labour is letting Wales down on climate change.
“The Conservatives in Westminster are even worse. Since being given sole control over Government, they’ve destroyed so much progress made by Lib Dem Ministers by scrapping renewables subsidies, backpeddling on the Swansea Tidal Lagoon and tax breaks for green cars.
“Climate change is one of our biggest threats, and we know that Wales needs to play its part in fighting it. A 100% emissions reduction target is the sort of ambition we need to show. Labour and the Tories failed to lead by example by refusing to back our calls."