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International climate change

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The global legal context for climate change action is now clear, with a roadmap in place for global decarbonisation, with key legislative requirements at all levels.

Paris Agreement

An historic climate deal was agreed between nearly 200 countries at COP 21, the 2015 International Climate Conference (external link) held in Paris in December 2015. The agreement is the first to commit all countries to cut carbon emissions in order to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2ºC.

We are committed to actively engage in international climate change negotiations, working with partners through both the Climate Group (external link) and the Network for Regional Governments for Sustainable Developments (nrg4SD) (external link).

One of the 7 goals of the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 is to build a globally responsible Wales.

We have developed a strong track record of international collaboration, including the Wales for Africa programme and as a founding signatory to:

  • the Gauteng Declaration in 2002,
  • the Compact of States and Regions (2014),
  • the Subnational Global Climate Leadership Memorandum of Understanding (the ‘Under 2 MoU’ 2015),
  • the international Nature Based MoU (2015).

Leading the way

Wales’ strength internationally is in how we are combining focus on a number of key areas to combat climate change. Although other nations are achieving in some of these areas, Wales is one of the only nations to be taking action across a number of areas, such as:

  • Tackling fuel poverty whilst increasing energy efficiency,
  • Reducing waste and increasing recycling,
  • The Size of Wales scheme - The Mbale Tree Planting Project was recognised by the UN as 1 of 10 lighthouse projects from around the world,
  • Green Growth Wales - a suite of interventions to increase and accelerate green investment in Wales.

International action to Decarbonise

Action to combat and mitigate the effects of Climate Change and transition to a decarbonised society is happening globally. We have developed an interactive map to showcase some of this work.

Legislative programme

The current legislative programme contains landmark pieces of legislation that show our commitment to sustainable development and strengthen efforts to tackle climate change:

Knowledge Hub

Under the Environment (Wales) Act we are committed to reducing our emission by at least 80% by 2050. Wales is not alone in taking action to decarbonise.

Governments, organisations and individuals across the world are developing ways of decarbonising their economies. The Welsh Government Knowledge Hub is used to consolidate this wide range of information from multiple platforms (including social media and news pages) and provide information on policies and initiatives which are happening across the world.

We have developed a spreadsheet for the aggregate data from sources and an Interactive Online Map (external link).

Please feel free to email the Decarbonisation Mailbox if you have any suggestions or contributions. Alternatively use the hashtag #ClimateKnowledgeWales (external link)

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