Commenting on Lesley Griffiths’ declaration of a ‘climate emergency in Wales’, Shadow Minister for the Environment and Rural Affairs, Andrew RT Davies AM, said:
“Huge strides have been made over the past few decades, and the UK has played a leading role working towards a global deal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the Paris Agreement, but it’s clear more needs to be done to tackle climate change.
“Since 1990, the UK has cut emissions by more than 40 per cent while growing the economy by more than two thirds, the best performance on a per person basis than any other G7 nation. However, regrettably, Wales has lagged behind the rest of the UK with emissions only falling by 19 per cent between 1990 to 2015.
“Only recently Labour’s Environment Minister set emissions targets that actually fell short of those demanded by the Paris Agreement, so we await to see what action will be taken to ensure this isn’t just another empty pledge from a Welsh Labour Government that has consistently failed to deliver on its promises during its twenty years in government.”