Chat live on Twitter to Welsh Minister Sargeant about the power of sub-national climate action

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15 September 2015

NEW YORK: On Thursday September 17 at 3pm London time/10am NY time join us on Twitter using @ClimateGroup and #CWNYC for a live Q&A with Carl Sargeant, Minister for Natural Resources, Welsh Government to talk about the power of sub-national governments in the global fight against climate change. 

Throughout September, The Climate Group is hosting exclusive conversations with climate leaders from around the world as part of our countdown to Climate Week NYC, which takes place from September 21-28. This week the spotlight falls on the innovative climate policies of state and regional governments – of which the Welsh Government, a member of The Climate Group, is leading the way. 

With a population of over 3 million, Wales in the UK has had a Climate Change Strategy in place since 2010. In working toward its emissions reductions of at least 80% by 2050, the Strategy aims for a 3% annual reduction in emissions and 40% reduction in overall emissions by 2020.

Wales also boasts a proportionately high share of the UK’s heavy industry and is a net exporter of energy, so a large portion of Wales’ emissions are covered by the EU Emissions trading Scheme, accounting for just over 50% of Wales’ overall emissions.

The region's energy and environmental sector is also booming and employs around 58,000 people, having grown 90% from 2006 in sales turnover - from £1.24 billion to £2.36 billion.

Wales is a perfect case study of the progress sub-national governments can make in accelerating low carbon growth and ambitious climate targets, which is critical in the lead up to the UN global climate talks in Paris. 

“I am delighted to be taking part in this important conversation which will have special significance in the days before Climate Week NYC", Carl Sargeant, Wales’ Minister for Natural Resources tells us.

“This Q&A will be a great opportunity for me to make clear Wales’ commitment to taking action to tackle climate change and promote a low carbon economy, while also responding to important questions in relation to Climate Week NYC, and what Wales is doing at a sub-national level on sustainable development.

“Our pioneering Wellbeing of Future Generation Act places sustainable development at the heart of all we do, setting ambitious long-term goals for a prosperous, resilient, more equal Wales and is linked to UN Goals. I am extremely proud of our record of innovation and look forward to discussing it with you and answering your questions.”

You can follow the Minister on @WG_NatResMin and the whole chat will take place on hashtag #CWNYC, which you should use to ask a question. Follow @ClimateGroup on September 17 from 3pm London time/10am New York time to take part in this critical conversation, two months before Paris. 

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COUNTDOWN TO #CWNYC

The Climate Group's digital countdown to Climate Week NYC 2015 runs from September 1-20.

Each day we are releasing exclusive conversations with key figures from the worlds of business and politics and beyond – through video, social media and blogs – as well as expert briefings. Follow @ClimateGroup for the latest.

Climate Week NYC is a key event in the international calendar that brings together leading governments, investors, businesses, innovators and opinion formers. The Climate Group launched Climate Week NYC in 2009, and has acted as the secretariat since its inception.

Host to more than 100 affiliate events from September 21-28, Climate Week NYC 2015 is the collaborative space for climate events in support of the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda. 

ClimateWeekNYC.org | @ClimateWeekNYC | #CWNYC

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