26 May 2009 09:05:02
Wales promises sustainable future within 20 years
The Welsh Assembly government has announced plans for Wales to become one of the most energy and resource-efficient countries in the world by 2020.
First minister Rhodri Morgan revealed the legally binding policy, which will see Wales reduce its dependency on carbon-based energy sources by between 80 percent and 90 percent over the next 2 decades.
What's more, the proposals also set out a path towards becoming a zero waste nation and recycling 70 percent of all municipal waste by 2025.
Mr Morgan explained that the assembly will use the full extent of its devolved powers in order to deliver on its sustainability promises.
Speaking at the Hay Festival, he said: "Sustainable development is about living within our resources while improving people's wellbeing.
"It is about making sure development now does not compromise the quality of life of future generations in Wales."
Environment minister Jane Davidson added that the government intends to reduce Wales' ecological footprint from 5.16 global hectares per person to 1.88 global hectares, which would allow it to become completely sustainable.http://wales.gov.uk/topics/sustainabledevelopment/?lang=e...