On 5 March 2015, I attended the 33rd meeting of the Wales Climate Change Commission – an independent body set up to advise the Welsh Government on climate change and to help mobilise action. I attend for WCVA (EW’s administrative core partner) as a representative of the third sector and see this as a key opportunity to share some of the insights gained from working with the 300+ EW registered project network.
The day started with an address from the Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Carl Sargeant. He outlined his aspiration for Wales to become a net carbon zero country and spoke about the need to challenge all sectors to take action on climate change and to make this a cross government priority. He later released a Ministerial Statement on the delivery of WG’s Climate Change Strategy which contained commitments to carbon budgeting, public sector leadership and a clear pathway to decarbonisation.
The day went on to include discussions around a range of issues including engagement of young people, energy efficiency, green growth, the role of the arts in culture change and recent research papers on green infrastructure and car clubs.
What struck me was that in almost all these discussions there was learning to be shared from EW funded projects – whether this was Cilgwyn Community Association’s feasibility study into a Rural Electric Vehicle Car Club, the Energy Diary project of the Household Energy Service, the Emergence project working to help embed sustainability within the arts sector or the countless woodland, community garden and site management projects that EW supports that contribute to green infrastructure. It made me feel very proud to be reminded once again how many EW supported projects are delivering so many different outcomes for people, for nature, for the green economy and for community resilience in the face of the climate change challenge.
More details about the work of the Climate Change Commission Wales can be found at http://thecccw.org.uk/
Clare Sain-ley-Berry, Environment Wales Coordinator