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Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee Statement

July 2016


Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee, National Assembly

We, as members of the National Assembly's Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee have noted the concern expressed by many that the new committee may lose focus on the work done in the previous Assembly to build consensus on climate change and environmental protection. We understand these concerns, and we give the following reassurances:


  • We believe that our actions as individuals and as a society have a real impact on climate change and our natural environment. Changing the way we act is key to reversing global warming, tackling climate change, reversing biodiversity loss, restoring our ecosystems, creating sustainable economic growth, and helping restore an environment and a planet fit for this and future generations.


  • We undertake therefore to work collaboratively and on the basis of evidence to hold our Welsh Government and its agencies to account on all relevant metrics including carbon emissions, and to provide a forum for leadership on tackling climate change. In doing so, we will actively engage with relevant stakeholders and wider Welsh society.


  • We are determined that the committee should seek the widest evidence; test it and provide the best advice possible to the Assembly, Welsh Government and wider society on developing a low carbon economy; enhancing biodiversity; pollution control and environmental protection; sustainable food production and eco-systems services.


  • We pledge that we will co-operate and seek consensus whenever possible in order to further these aims, and to ensure that Wales as a nation and in our National Assembly shows leadership on climate change, sustainable development and the natural environment.


Jayne Bryant AM

Sian Gwenllian AM

Vikki Howells AM

Jenny Rathbone AM

Simon Thomas AM

Huw Irranca-Davies AM

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