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William Powell AM pushes for further action on climate change and renewable energy

October 19, 2011 5:52 PM

William Powell, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Rural Affairs Minister, has reiterated his call for further practical action to secure the future of the renewable energy sector in Wales.

William Powell, Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales, said:

"Although I welcome the limited progress which has been made at developing approaches to drive down Greenhouse gas emissions through programs such as 'Arbed'; the Welsh Government's planning policies are still threatening both the future of the renewable energy industry in Wales, and public trust in our environmental strategies."

"The Labour Government needs to realise that relatively small savings such as these are not enough for Wales to carve out a sustainable future. Immediate action is required to prevent our world leading renewable industries from abandoning Wales entirely, and allow community led projects like The Victoria Hall Association in Pembrokeshire to fulfil their potential."

"As a nation we need to avoid short-term, election cycle defined, environmental policy; and work towards the goal of fully engaging community groups and industry leaders, so that we can develop a long-term sustainable strategy. It is only through these steps that we can reform and speed up Wales' planning regulations, restore public trust, and support the renewable energy companies which have the potential to safeguard thousands of Welsh jobs for decades to come."