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Significant progress on a sustainable Wales

With 83 out of 94 action plan commitments already met or on track for completion, significant progress is being made in achieving a sustainable Wales.

This is the view of minister for environment, planning and countryside Carwyn Jones who was referring to the fifth annual Report on Sustainable Development during a National Assembly debate.

Jones said: “We are on target to meet our ambitious Sustainable Development action plan commitments by 2007.

“These actions include ensuring that, by 2010, all assembly buildings will use ‘green’ electricity. By the end of 2005, approximately 93% of electricity supplied to the National Assembly for Wales’s estate came from renewable sources.”

He also stated that while much has been achieved in the last year, there is still more to be done, with fulfilling Sustainable Development obligations not just about implementing actions in the plan, but making sure that they adhere to the principles already set out.

“We promised to commission a project to investigate the benefits and barriers to promoting the uptake of alternative fuels in Wales, such as biofuels, biogas, natural gas and hydrogen. This project is now complete and is under consideration by the Welsh Assembly Government as part of a project on carbon emissions in transport”, Jones added.

The minister also said that work on Wales’ International Sustainable Development Framework, which will significantly enhance the country’s ability to help deliver the UN Millennium Development Goals, is almost complete.

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