The new Welsh Government’s 5-year plan shows how it will deliver on the promises made to voters during the Senedd 2021 election and how it will tackle the big challenges faced in Wales.
… making sure climate change is firmly on the agenda…
… Build a stronger, greener economy…
The Welsh Government writes:
…Climate change and the environment will be at the heart of the new government – a new “super-Ministry” has been created, bringing together the big policy areas to help Wales reach its legally binding target of reaching Net Zero by 2050.
For the first time, transport, planning, housing and energy are brought together, with the environment, to tackle the climate and nature emergencies, making sure climate change is firmly on the agenda for every public service and private sector business.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said:
“We will build a fairer, greener, stronger and ever more successful Wales that we all want for ourselves and for each other.
“But I am determined that as we move Wales forward, no one will be left behind and no one will be held back.
“People in Wales look after each other, and this programme is built on exactly that principle.
“These plans will help move Wales forward beyond the pandemic which has affected every part of our lives. They focus on the areas where we can make the greatest difference to people and communities.
“We will help our learners catch up and help people into new jobs. We will restore capacity in the NHS and help our industries and businesses prepare for the opportunities that lie ahead of us.
“It is a transparent and achievable plan but recognises the need for radical action and innovative thinking in the face of unprecedented challenge.”
The Programme for Government highlights the cross-cutting commitments and the Welsh Government’s wellbeing objectives including:…
Build a stronger, greener economy as we make maximum progress towards decarbonisation
- Launch a new 10-year Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan for a zero-carbon economy
- Upgrade our digital and communications infrastructure
- Work towards our new target of 45% of journeys by sustainable modes by 2040, setting more stretching goals where possible.
Embed our response to the climate and nature emergency in everything we do
- Legislate to abolish the use of more commonly littered, single-use plastics
- Create a National Forest to extend from North to South Wales
- Introduce legislation to deal with the legacy of centuries of mining and ensure coal tip safety; strengthening local authority powers to protect the public and the environment
- Introduce a Clean Air Act, consistent with World Health Organisation guidance. Extend the provision of air quality monitoring…..
Make our cities, towns a villages even better places in which to live and work
- Build 20,000 new-low carbon social homes for rent
- Improve building safety so people feel safe and secure in their homes
- Make 20mph the default speed limit in residential areas
- Ban pavement parking wherever possible….