One of the biggest challenge facing Wales and the world is climate change, and the very real threat it poses to our communities.
● In 2009, all four parties in the National Assembly called for the Welsh Government to reduce emissions by 40% by 2020 against the 1990 baseline. Since 2011, the Welsh Government has also been committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 3% per year in devolved areas of policy. But while Wales is making progress, we are not currently on track to meet our 40% target.
● In 2011, the contribution of renewable energy to electricity generation in Wales was just 7.9%.
What are the benefits of EU membership?
● Because climate change is an international problem it has to be tackled collectively. We benefit from 100 European laws protecting people and our environment.
● The IPPC talks in Paris, led be the EU, secured international agreement to tackle carbon dioxide emissions.
What would happen if we left the EU?
● Wales would lose its voice in a vital international institution, that is at the forefront of the campaign against man-made climate change.
● If we leave the EU, the climate change regulations that all companies have to meet will come under the control of the British Government.
What could we do better in the EU?
● Learn from good examples elsewhere in the world.
● Take a more active lead in implementing targets and working directly with the commission to achieve them.