Wales aims to be first country to hit net zero emissions target by eliminating greenhouse gas pollution by 2035 

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  • Wales aims to reach net zero greenhouse emissions 10 years before Scotland
  • The ambitious 2035 target is also 15 years ahead of the UK-wide 2050 target
  • The Welsh Government will now consult the Climate Change Committee (CCC)

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Wales is planning to adopt the world’s first net zero emissions target following an agreement in its parliament.

The Principality aims to reduce greenhouse gas pollution to zero by 2035 – ten years ahead of Scotland’s target and 15 years ahead of the UK-wide 2050 target.

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The cut in a deal between Labor and Plaid Cymru in the Senate led to the launch of a paper that said the Welsh government would give ‘independent advice to examine a possible path to Net Zero by 2035’.

The Welsh government will seek advice from the Climate Change Committee (CCC).

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Green Alliance’s Caterina Brandmeyer told environmental magazine ENDS Report: ‘It’s important to set goals.

‘But now long-term goals should not come at the cost of early action to cut emissions.’

The cuts to a deal between Labor and Plaid Cymru in the Senate have launched a paper which says the Welsh Government will ‘give independent advice to examine possible paths to Net Zero by 2035’ (Picture: Welsh First of the Labor Party) Minister Mark Drakeford)

Wales also differs from the rest of the UK in that it has supported a halt to licensed oil and gas production.

Whitehall officials are considering extending the net zero deadline to 2045.

Wells has also joined an international group called the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, founded by Denmark and Costa Ria.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she is considering joining the group, which has ten national and regional governments including France, Greenland, Ireland and California, although the UK government has rejected it.

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