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12th December – Cardiff
Cutting Emissions & Enabling the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy in Wales



This seminar will examine the practicalities, impact and next steps for cutting emissions in Wales and the transition to a low carbon economy – and meeting Wales’ first carbon budget.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the Welsh Government’s Prosperity for All: A Low Carbon Wales plan, bringing together existing and new policy at Wales, UK and EU level.

It will take place in the context of the recent target set by the Welsh Government to achieve net zero emissions status by 2050, going further than the Committee on Climate Change’s recommending a 95% reduction from 1990 in Wales.

The seminar is also timed to follow the publication of the first Wales National Marine Plan, setting out a 20-year plan for policy towards clean, healthy, safe and diverse seas, sustainable development and supporting ‘blue growth’.

Further discussion will look ahead to a range of strategies due to be finalised across government in 2020, including in areas such as planning and development, transport and fuel poverty.

We are delighted that Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs has kindly agreed to deliver a keynote address at this conference.

Following the recent creation of the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales, we are very pleased that its Chair,John Lloyd Jones, will also be making a keynote contribution.

This is expected to include themes such as the opportunities to meet Wales’ strategic infrastructure needs – as well as supporting work in areas such as decarbonisation and clean energy production through infrastructure projects, whilst benefiting the Welsh economy.

Delegates will examine the challenges and opportunities for making changes in everyday life in order to tackle climate change.

Case studies and insights included in the agenda

  • Professor Lorraine Whitmarsh, Director, Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations, Cardiff University – which has recently been established with £5m funding, and will focus on areas such as consumption of goods and physical products, food and diet, travel, and heating and cooling in buildings.
  • Jonathan Williams, Head of Projects, Active Building Centre – on lessons from the Active Homes Neath project, on energy efficiency and production in social housing. Discussion is also expected to touch on the potential for changes to building regulations to improve energy efficiency in new-builds.
  • Sion Sleep, Environmental Leadership Programme, Uprising Cymru – on opportunities for young people to have a more of a voice and involvement in tackling climate change and meeting sustainability goals in Wales.

The conference will consider how the Welsh Government can support the decarbonisation and climate change agendas, major energy projects, and local energy production, as well as looking at the potential impact of developments UK-wide, such as the Offshore Wind Sector Deal.

Further sessions assess the challenges for meeting sustainability goals – and achieving intergenerational justice goals and wellbeing goals, following the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

We also expect discussion on energy planning, sustainable places, and supporting communities in developing local decarbonisation projects.

Cost:£230 plus VAT
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WHEN:12th December 2019 – 9am – 1pm (registration from 8.30am)