The Climate Change (Carbon Budgets) (Wales) Regulations 2018

Document Number:2018 No. 1303 (W. 257)
Coming into force:Coming into force on the 06/12/2018

Welsh Statutory Instruments

Climate Change, Wales


5 December 2018

Coming into force

6 December 2018

A draft of this instrument was laid before and approved by a resolution of the National Assembly for Wales in accordance with section 48(3) of the Environment (Wales) Act 2016(1).

Before the draft was laid the Welsh Ministers obtained and took into account the advice of the Committee on Climate Change, in accordance with section 49(1) of the Act.

The Welsh Ministers, in accordance with section 32(1)(b) of the Act, are satisfied that the carbon budgets set out herein are consistent with meeting the 2050 emissions target.

In drafting these Regulations, in accordance with section 32(3) , the Welsh Ministers have had regard to the matters listed at section 32(3) of the Act.

Accordingly, the Welsh Ministers, in exercise of the powers conferred by 31(1) of the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 , make the following Regulations.

Title and commencement

  1. —(1) The title of these Regulations is the Climate Change (Carbon Budgets) (Wales) Regulations 2018.

    (2) These Regulations come into force on the day after the day on which they are made.

    Carbon Budgets

  2. —(1) The carbon budget for the 2016 to 2020 budgetary period is limited to an average of 23% lower than the baseline.

    (2) The carbon budget for the 2021 to 2025 budgetary period is limited to an average of 33% lower than the baseline.

    Lesley Griffiths

    Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, one of the Welsh Ministers

    5 December 2018


    (This note is not part of the Regulations)

    These Regulations provide for a maximum total amount for the net Welsh emissions account (a carbon budget) for the first two budgetary periods, 2016-2020 and 2021- 2025 , provided for in section 31(3) of the Environment (Wales) Act 2016.

    The purpose of Part 2 of the Environment (Wales) Act 2016 is to require the Welsh Ministers to meet targets for reducing net Welsh emissions of greenhouse gases from Wales...

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