As the Climate Change Committee (CCC) says that action in the UK to improve its resilience to the climate crisis is ‘failing’ to keep pace with the impacts of a warming planet, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford this week set out his administration’s programme for the next five years – one which has many green commitments. CCC’s evidence shows the gap between the level of risk the UK faces and the level of adaption under way has widened, and that even action now to achieve the Paris agreement temperature goal for 2050 and as part of the levelling-up agenda will not stop climate change and the rise in sea levels.
Drakeford has insisted that climate change and the environment will be at the heart of the new government, stressing that his administration had created a “super-ministry” under Julie James with Lee Waters as her Deputy, which for the first time has brought together transport, planning, housing and energy. Welsh Government – Programme for Government sets out across-the-board commitments to address well-being objectives for the next five years. Welcome though many of the intentions are, the Programme illustrates how much we must rely on UK Government action to address the CCC concerns.