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Julie Morgan, Deputy Minister for Health & Social Services

First published:
20 July 2022
Last updated:

In 2019, we declared a climate emergency. Our Net Zero Wales plan, which was published in October, sets out our overarching legal target for Wales to become net zero by 2050, and the ambition for the public sector, including health and social care, to be collectively net zero by 2030.  

In March 2021, the NHS Wales Decarbonisation Strategic Delivery Plan 2021-2030 was published, providing a clear and ambitious mandate for NHS Wales to take action to reduce emissions. 

This was just the start. Today, I am launching the Social Care in Wales – Decarbonisation Route map towards Net Zero by 2030. It summarises the first steps the social care sector will take towards net zero, with 15 clear and ambitious but ultimately achievable initiatives. It covers a range of targeted areas that will support the sector to reduce its emissions, including increased carbon literacy, active travel and low emission vehicles, procurement and building energy efficiency.

Social care has faced unprecedented challenges during the pandemic but has shown real dedication to ensuring people receive effective and compassionate care to respond to their needs. Climate change needs to be treated with the same urgency, because it is the most vulnerable in our society who will be most affected by its impact.

I am confident this route map will support the sector as we move towards net zero by 2030 and I know social care is ready to play its part.

This statement is being issued during recess in order to keep members informed. Should members wish me to make a further statement or to answer questions on this when the Senedd returns I would be happy to do so.