Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru

Pwyllgor Amgylchedd a Chynaliadwyedd

National Assembly for Wales

Environment and Sustainability Committee

Egwyddorion cyffredinol

Bil yr Amgylchedd (Cymru)

General principals of the

Environment (Wales) Bill

Ymateb gan RenewableUK Cymru

Response from RenewableUK Cymru

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RenewableUK Cymru Response to the Environment and Sustainability Committee Inquiry on the general principles of the Environment (Wales) Bill


1.       RenewableUK is the representative body for the wind, wave and tidal energy industries operating in the UK. RenewableUK Cymru also represents members with interests in solar, biomass, and other forms of renewable energy technologies in Wales. We represent around 600 corporate members in the UK and our active membership in Wales covers the vast majority of Wales’ commercial renewable generation interests.

2.       Our members have interests in renewable energy at all stages of the planning and development process. Our membership portfolio includes those companies with an interest in carrying out Environmental Impact Assessments and related development work, through to companies who are primarily involved in the operation, construction and maintenance of projects on and offshore in Wales.

3.       RenewableUK Cymru’s vision is of a Wales that makes full use of its renewable energy resource by 2050 and we aim to ensure that the maximum benefits of this accrue to Wales.

4.       Wales has faced a number of obstacles to the achievement of its targets for renewable energy generation and development in Wales has lagged behind the rest of the UK. This committee has previously examined many of these issues (our evidence to the committee previously is available here) and we, in conjunction with our partners in industry and Government have sought to overcome many of these barriers. We have since worked with Government to produce a register of community benefit for onshore wind, and continue to work with partners in order to alleviate concern over transport issues in mid Wales.


5.       RenewableUK Cymru will be happy to provide oral evidence to the committee on any matters that may be of interest arising from this paper.

Climate Change

6.       We fully support the introduction of statutory emissions targets and interim emission targets. The 2050 emissions reflects current UK policy. The introduction of this Bill is an opportunity for the Welsh Ministers to set direction through targets that reflects Wales’ ambitions as a leader on sustainable development, as reflected in One Wales: One Planet, Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act, and Energy Wales: A low carbon transition. In this sense we suggest that the Committee may wish to consider whether Wales should have emissions targets above and beyond the targets set by UK Government and EU directives.

7.       Emissions targets will be a key way of ensuring Wales’ continues to be seen as an attractive place to deploy renewable energy generation in the coming decades and will provide policy stability that our investors request.

Marine Licensing

8.       This presents an opportunity to clarify the Marine licensing process and align it with processes for terrestrial planning and environmental permissions where appropriate. In particular we believe the bill presents an opportunity to introduce statutory timescales for determination of applications (and examination if relevant), as is the case in the terrestrial planning system and has more recently been achieved in the Planning (Wales) Bill for [terrestrial] Developments of National Significance.

9.       As Wales attracts more and more interest from Wave and Tidal energy developers, a clear and predictable Marine licensing regime will be significant selling point for Wales as an investment location.


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