Christina Rees, MP for Neath, has pressed the COP26 President for information on what proportion of the billions of pounds of private sector investment will go to Wales. She also asked how many of the proposed 250,000 highly skilled green jobs floated by the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Green Industrial Plan will go to Wales.
The COP26 President, Alok Sharma MP, failed to give any information or clarity on how Wales will benefit from the plan.
Christina Rees is also calling on the UK Government to lay out plans to replicate the Welsh Labour Government’s bold ambitions for tree-planting to tackle climate change.
The Welsh Labour Government has committed to planting 86 million trees in Wales over the next 9 years, along with creating a National Forest for Wales, fulfilling its Timber Industrial Strategy with a new Welsh Wood Economy and thousands of green jobs in order to achieve net zero by 2050.
Christina Rees, MP for Neath, said:
“We have had no indications from the UK Government about how much funding Wales will be allocated as part of the Prime Minister’s 10 Point Green Plan. The COP26 President was full of sweeping statements about targeting industrial clusters, but this does nothing to clarify the details of how Wales will benefit from the UK Government’s plans.
“Climate change is already having a very real impact on our communities in Wales, so we need to know the details of how the UK Government plans to provide funding to help us tackle the issues now.
“The Welsh Labour Government have been bold, ambitious and innovative in their approach to tackling climate change. We now need to see the same from the UK Government so no communities in Wales miss out on investment or jobs created under the Prime Minister’s plans to level up the UK.”