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Wales was the first country in the world to declare a climate emergency and we firmly believe that the nation is well placed to capitalise on a number of green recovery opportunities over the next 5 years and beyond to cement its place as a leader in addressing the climate crisis.
Data gathering undertaken by the Senedd Finance Committee as part of their scrutiny of The Welsh Government’s 2021-22 Draft Budget proposals indicated a strong desire from the public to address climate change as part of an economic recovery and to increase Welsh Government expenditure to achieve this aim. This desire to address the climate crisis has also been consistently mirrored in UK-level statistics.
The available evidence strongly suggests that investing in ‘green’ projects and programmes will return sizeable dividends, far and above those which could be achieved through traditional stimulus programmes whilst helping to tackle fuel poverty, ill health, and access to opportunities.