The launch of the Net Zero Wales Plan kickstarted a month of climate change activity in Wales. Coinciding with the full COP26 programme in Glasgow, Welsh Government is hosting a series of Regional Roadshows to share examples of how people across Wales are helping make the move towards net zero. Each roadshow will focus on a key theme from COP26, with people encouraged to join in online via the COP Cymru event platform.
With COP Cymru looking ahead to a decade of action to address climate change, how have organisations in Wales already started the transition to net zero?
The Welsh Government Energy Service supports the public sector and community groups in working towards the Welsh Government’s targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and generating locally owned renewable energy. Since July 2018, the Energy Service has:
- Supported 408 projects across all 22 local authorities in Wales.
- Saved 432,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2), the same volume of CO2 as 800km2 of trees absorb in a year, an area larger than Ynys Môn.
- Committed to 32.6MW of renewable energy capacity in Wales, enough electricity to power 9,400 Welsh homes or enough solar panels to cover the Principality Stadium pitch 56 times.
By empowering the public sector and local community groups to tackle climate change, the Energy Service supports the goals in the Net Zero Wales Plan by providing appropriate support, advice and funding.