A Smarter Energy Future for Wales report is published:
The key messages from the Committee are:
If Wales is to meet its climate change obligation of at least an 80% reduction by 2050 we need to change the way we think about energy; its generation, distribution, storage and conservation. The landmark deal on climate change in Paris last December sets a framework for Wales to accelerate its action in this area, making real strides towards reducing its greenhouse gas emissions and setting the bar high for a new energy model.
Leadership is key to achieving an energy transformation, with a clear and stable policy direction paving the way. This policy must lead Wales to a decarbonised energy system, with the aim of Wales meeting all of its energy needs from renewable sources. Local energy supply to local markets is a cornerstone of this new policy, and, whilst larger-scale inward investment projects will continue to play a part in providing energy security, diffused local solutions must also feature highly in a future renewable, sustainable energy jigsaw.
Energy conservation and demand reduction must be addressed, and are areas where Wales holds the necessary levers and powers to take action now. Both new buildings and existing housing stock present opportunities to improve energy efficiency.
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Read the full briefing
Up to date history of the debate surrounding this issue from the Environment and Sustainability Committee at the National Assembly for Wales.
Download the report (PDF 5.5mb English language version, the above briefing link is available in Welsh). PDF link will open in a new window. Our Shine a Light? Community Energy links and resources page has this document and more...