The 90-page final report of Lord Burns’ Commission on new sustainable transport options for SE Wales is at https://gov.wales/south-east-wales-transport-commission-final-recommendations. The wide range of integrated proposals aim to reduce M4 traffic by 20%.
With transport currently responsible for 17 per cent of the country’s carbon emissions, the Welsh Government has committed to set new five-year priorities to tackle carbon emissions as it seeks to meet decarbonisation targets. The draft strategy, Llwybr Newydd – New Path, sets out a range of new ambitions to reshape transport in Wales, including a new sustainable transport hierarchy that will guide investments towards greener transport options.
The strategy recognises that patterns of less commuting and more home working are likely to continue. The administration has already outlined its long-term ambition for 30 per cent of the workforce to work from home or remotely, achieved by giving people more choice over how and where they work. The strategy accepts that more local services and more active travel can mean fewer people needing to use their cars daily.
The strategy also contains nine ‘mini-plans’ for modes and sectors: active travel; rail; bus; roads (including streets and parking); the third sector; taxis and private hire vehicles; freight and logistics; and ports, maritime transport and aviation. Details will be delivered by a national delivery plan drawn up by Transport for Wales, supported by regional transport plans, and developed by the new-look joint transport committees.
The consultation is open until 25 January and can be found on the Welsh Government website.
A group of Welsh organisations including the Future Generations Commissioner, the Centre for Alternative Technology and Extinction Rebellion concluded Climate Week with six overarching principles that each political party should be asked to endorse for next year’s Senedd election
1 – Do what it takes to do our part in limiting global heating to 1.5°C, with much deeper and faster reductions in greenhouse gas emissions (see 1, 7 & 8 below).
2 – Champion natural climate solutions to remove CO₂ from the atmosphere, halt the decline in wildlife, restore nature and help manage flood risk (see all below)
3 – Accept our entire global ecological footprint caused by all the goods we buy, the food we eat, and the supply chains we use (see 2,3 & 7 below)
4 – Help politicians to take bold decisions by holding Citizens’ Assemblies and other forms of public participation, to get to net zero faster and with fairness for all (see 1 & 7 below)
5 – Make the future well-being of young people, and the generations to come, the centre of our concern, and the focus of our plans (see all below).
6 – Support economic sectors which create green jobs in a low carbon revolution that will improve our environment, homes and communities and safeguard our health (see 1,2,3,4 & 8 below).
References: 1.Friends of the Earth Cymru Climate Action Plan for Wales https://www.foe.cymru/news/friends-earth-cymru-launch-wales-climate-action-plan 2.WWF Cymru’s Manifesto for Nature, Climate and People https://www.wwf.org.uk/wales/WWFCymruManifesto 3.Future Generations Commission Manifesto for the Future https://www.futuregenerations.wales/manifesto-for-the-future/ 4.RSPB Wales – Five Steps to a Green Recovery for Wales https://community.rspb.org.uk/getinvolved/wales/b/wales-blog/posts/the-future-is-green 5.Coed Cadw/Woodland Trust in Wales – The Roots and Branches of a Strong Green Recovery 6.Wales Environment Link – WEL Manifesto for 2021 Senedd Elections https://www.waleslink.org/Manifesto2021 7.Extinction Rebellion Cymru has referenced the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill https://www.ceebill.uk/bill 8. Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)- Zero Carbon Britain – Rising to the Climate Emergency https://www.cat.org.uk/info-resources/zero-carbon-britain/research-reports/zero-carbon-britain-rising-to-theclimate-emergency/