Zero Carbon Wales on the agenda for AMs

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Today we launch our new report, Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen, at a special event in the National Assembly for Wales.

Sponsored by Mid and West AM Simon Thomas and involving representatives from across the political spectrum, the event is a platform for Assembly Members to explore how Wales can rise to the climate challenge.

In the climate agreement reached in Paris in December 2015, global leaders committed to keeping global temperature rises to 1.5 to 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels. This involves the world reaching net zero carbon by mid-century.

Exploring how Wales can deliver on this agreement and create a zero carbon future, the event will highlight solutions and opportunities, drawing on CAT’s cutting edge research, including our latest report, Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen.

Looking at barriers to delivering a zero carbon society and how these can be overcome, the report highlights numerous innovative examples of zero carbon initiatives delivered in local communities and focuses on how these can be rapidly scaled up to meet the demands of the climate science.

CAT Chief Executive Adrian Ramsay said:

“CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain research has shown that we have the technologies to rise to the climate challenge. The barriers are economic, cultural and political. Our latest research explores the challenges in depth and looks at how they can be overcome. Political support is vital, so we’re looking forward to discussing the issues with Assembly Members and working together on solutions.”

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths said:

“The Welsh Government takes climate change seriously – the recommendations in this report from the Centre of Alternative Technology will provide a useful evidence base for us and others, as we develop policies to decarbonise our economy and help us deliver on our Welsh and international commitments.”

“If we are to deliver secure and affordable low carbon energy, we need an energy mix of different technologies and scales, from community level to major projects. I am keen to move this agenda forward so Wales benefits from this change and the wider benefits from a low carbon future.”

Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Energy Climate Change and Rural Affairs, Mid and West AM Simon Thomas added:

“This meeting will discuss how we meet the challenge of climate change while creating jobs in Wales. One of the ways we can do this is by creating Ynni Cymru – a not for dividend energy company for Wales.”