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Low Carbon Wales - The Launch And Beyond

14 December 2009

In the few weeks since its launch, the SDC’s ‘Low Carbon Wales’ report has generated significant interest from inside and outside government. Peter Davies at Low Carbon Wales launch

Alongside the detailed advice on cutting emissions in each region of Wales, the Commission identified two main opportunities: firstly, making low carbon choices easy for the public and secondly, different organisations (e.g. local councils, NHS boards, charities, businesses) working together to achieve this in their region.

The report was launched at the Wales Low Carbon Summit in Tredegar, where copies of ‘Low Carbon Wales’ flew off the Commission’s stand. SDC Commissioner for Wales, Peter Davies, gave a presentation to around 250 delegates, including a video message from the Minister for Finance and Public Service Delivery, Andrew Davies. The summit was attended by two other cabinet ministers – Jane Davidson, Minister For The Environment, Sustainability and Housing and Leighton Andrews, Deputy Minister for Regeneration.

Speaking after the launch, Peter Davies said that the publication of ‘Low Carbon Wales’ marks the start of an exciting process: “It’s obviously great to have produced the report but as a commission we are just as committed to delivering the necessary changes as we were to producing the advice. The important thing right now is that people read the report and understand what it means for them, their organisation and their region. We have begun meeting the Wales Spatial Plan Area Groups around the country and I am keen to hear what people think of the report and how we can help turn this advice into reality.”

The report was welcomed by ministers and attracted positive comments from organisations including Cardiff and Flintshire councils and the Farmers Union Of Wales. There was media interest from BBC Good Morning Wales and Post Cyntaf, The Western Mail, local press and online coverage.

The demand for hard copies means that our first print run of the report has all but disappeared. More will arrive soon but in the meantime the full report is available as a low-carbon download (in Welsh and English) from the SDC Wales website.

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