Wales is expected to miss its own target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, AMs have admitted.
Welsh Government ministers set a 10-year target in 2010 to slash emissions by 40% below levels of 1990. But by 2015, only a 19% drop has been reached.
The assembly’s climate change committee report said Wales’ industrial profile and cold winters should have been taken into account when the targets were set.
Chairman Mike Hedges said the targets had been “ambitious, but attainable”.
In itsClimate Change Strategylaunched in 2010, the Welsh Government set a target of cutting emissions by 3% year-on-year from 2011, leading to an overall reduction of at least 40% below 1990 levels by 2020.
An extra target of an 80% reduction by 2050 was added by law in 2016, with ministers also required to set a series of 10-yearly interim targets by the end of 2018.