Minister committed to reducing emissions in Wales

Carl Sargeant, the Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Planning has re-iterated the Welsh Government’s commitment to reducing emissions in Wales, whilst also highlighting the need for an approach which facilitates growth in the housing sector.

The Minister was speaking at the ‘Nearer to Zero’ conference in Llandudno, and his comments come a week after making regulations that will see energy efficiency target equivalent to an 8% improvement on 2010 standards for all new homes in Wales.

Following the conference, the Minister visited Plas yn Dre Development in Bala, a number of houses which will be the first development in the local area to utilise a Biomass powered District Heating System. The District Heating System will provide heat and hot water to a number of buildings, with Williams homes operating as an Energy Service Company to manage the system.

The Minister said, “The task of reducing emissions will remain at the top of the Welsh Government’s agenda for the foreseeable future. We are committed to minimising additional emissions from new houses that will be built between now and 2050 and will continue to strive towards being as energy efficient as is possible.

“It is vital, however, that this is done in a measured way, tackling the impacts of climate change whilst also continuing to increase the supply of much needed affordable homes. This will ensure that the industry continues to provide for the people of Wales by helping to tackle poverty and inequality, keeping people warm in their homes and improving people’s quality of life.”