Wales Needs a Cultural Shift, Cash and Education to Make the Big Cut; A Climate Change Commission (CCC) Report Has Called on the Welsh Government to Add Impetus to Work Being Done to Cut Carbon Emissions in Wales by 3% Each Year. Here Sally Sudworth, Director of the Wales Low/Zero Carbon Hub, Explains Why

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Wales Needs a Cultural Shift, Cash and Education to Make the Big Cut; A Climate Change Commission (CCC) Report Has Called on the Welsh Government to Add Impetus to Work Being Done to Cut Carbon Emissions in Wales by 3% Each Year. Here Sally Sudworth, Director of the Wales Low/Zero Carbon Hub, Explains Why


A TARGET of 3% is a tough target which requires leadership, clarity and strong argument to convince everyone that carbon reduction is a priority.

With pressure to cut costs, the idea of investing in energy savings is not high on anyone's agenda.

Add to this doubts sown by the UK Government's fudge over the Green Deal and confusion around the Feed in Tariffs, it is no wonder there is a lack of public trust in the climate change agenda.

However, the built environment sectors cannot ignore the momentum that exists.

The Climate Change Commission report highlights promising work in upgrading social housing energy efficiency.

The first phase of the Arbed scheme will save around 6,000 householders around pounds 98m and reduce annual CO2 emissions in Wales by around 12,000 tons per year.

NEST, Wales' fuel poverty scheme, provided practical help to improve the energy efficiency of some 1,200 households in its first quarter. Progress is slow but moving in the right direction and the Government needs to throw more weight behind them and aim for ambitious, large-scale retrofit schemes.

Arbed phase 2 offers the opportunity to trial large-scale rather than piecemeal procurement to develop the role of the registered social landlords as retrofit providers for the private sector.

But we must reach out beyond social housing. The Wales Low/Zero Carbon Hub (LZCH) promotes carbon management best practice in all buildings across Wales.

We are developing relationships in the construction supply chain to build trust and change the perception of carbon and climate change. …

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