Report: Wales Shifting To Low Carbon Economy A Great Thing

The Climate Change Commission for Wales has launched its second annual report, which demands a rapid shift to a low carbon economy to deliver jobs and economic development.

The Commission’s report outlines its work over the past year and lists action priorities for the 2013-14 period.

The annual report charts Wales’s biggest priority as an urgent shift to a low carbon economy to cut harmful emissions and save energy, further spurred on by the fact greener goods sectors have continued to grow despite the recession.

Turbines at Mynydd Maendy, Near Bridgend, South Wales (image via JessopSmythe/Flickr)

Turbines at Mynydd Maendy, Near Bridgend, South Wales (image via JessopSmythe/Flickr)

Peter Davies, Chair of the Climate Change Commission for Wales, said “The Climate Change Commission members agree unanimously a choice between the economy and the environment is not the way forward.

“We are clear that the solution to both the financial and environmental problems is a transition to a low carbon economy. The economic transition needs to be rapid and Wales needs to be ready for the competitive and collaborative nature of these changes.”

Luc Bas, Director of European Programs and International States and Regions, The Climate Group said: “Thislatest report comes at a key moment when Welsh politicians can better understand that emissions reductions and economic development are not separate issues.

“As The Commission clearly shows here, a swift transition to a low carbon economy – with a focus on buildings and transport – will not only deliver a healthier environment but generate thousands of Welsh jobs.”

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    • Dave2020

      Comparing this report (an urgent shift to a low carbon economy to cut harmful emissions and save energy) with last year’s “Energy Wales: A Low Carbon Transition”, which “argued for more connections to the gas grid”! one could be forgiven for wondering whether their authors were living on the same planet?!

      From personal experience of the Welsh Government’s deliberations over their “Innovation Strategy for Wales” I have to say, with a heavy heart, that there’s actually no sign of the ambitious, forward-looking culture required to deal with the urgent “change” that we face.