Wales aims to be first country to hit net zero emissions target by eliminating greenhouse gas pollution by 2035
- Wales aims to reach net zero greenhouse emissions 10 years before Scotland
- The ambitious 2035 target is also 15 years ahead of the UK-wide 2050 target
- Welsh government will now seek advice from Climate Change Committee (CCC)
Wales is planning to adopt the world’s earliest net zero emissions target following a deal struck in its parliament.
The principality aims to cut greenhouse gas pollution to zero by 2035 – ten years earlier than Scotland’s goal and 15 years ahead of the UK-wide 2050 target.
A deal cut between Labour and Plaid Cymru in the Senedd launched a paper which states the Welsh government will ‘commission independent advice to examine potential pathways to net zero by 2035’.
The Welsh government will seek advice from the Climate Change Committee (CCC).
Caterina Brandmayr, of the Green Alliance told environment journal the ENDS Report: ‘Setting targets is critical.
‘But long-term targets should not come at the expense of early action to cut emissions now.’
A deal cut between Labour and Plaid Cymru in the Senedd launched a paper which states the Welsh government will ‘commission independent advice to examine potential pathways to net zero by 2035’ (Pictured: Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, of the Labour Party)
Wales also stands apart from the rest of the UK in that it has endorsed stopping licensed oil and gas production.
Whitehall officials are considering moving the net zero deadline forward to 2045.
Wales has also joined an international group called the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance founded by Denmark and Costa Ria.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she is considering joining the group, which has ten national and regional governments on board including France, Greenland, Ireland and California although the UK government has ruled it out.