What has been done so far in Wales?
In 2015 the Welsh Government enacted the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act (2015) – a world-leading landmark legislation now being replicated in other countries across the world. This was followed by a number of other legal requirements agreed by the Welsh Government, including the Environment (Wales) Act (2016) which requires Welsh Government to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in Wales by at least 80% by the year 2050.
In 2019, the Welsh Government published ‘Prosperity for Wales: A Low Carbon Plan for Wales’. The plan is very detailed and sets out the actions required across all sectors in Wales to deliver on the targets set to achieve the goal of the public sector being carbon neutral by 2030.
What have we done so far?
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board is already taking action in a number of areas, and benchmarks well on a number of key measures.
External review has confirmed that we are progressing well with embedding the Wellbeing of Future Generations requirements, having adopted the strategic objectives in our ten year strategy, ‘Shaping our Future Wellbeing’, as our wellbeing objectives.
In January 2020, the Health Board committed to responding urgently to the climate emergency, confirming a desire to be an exemplar organisation. The Health Board also agreed the Biodiversity Action Plan at its meeting in January 2020 which commits us to taking action to promote biodiversity on our extensive estate. Some examples of the actions we are already taking are set out below: