Figures show Wales is closer to becoming a sustainable nation
Wales is a step closer to becoming a sustainable nation.
Air quality, electricity production from renewable resources and recycling rates have all improved in Wales over the last year, according to new figures.
The latest sustainable development figures show that Wales has made clear improvements in 19 of the 44 areas measured by sustainable development indicators (an increase on last year’s figure of 17).
The figures also reveal that Wales’ performance in 18 of the indicators has shown little or no change. Unfortunately the number of people volunteering on a formal or informal basis at least once a month is at a 10-year low.
The percentage of electricity generated from renewable resources has steadily increased for the past 10 years to 5% in this report.
Speaking about the figures, Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development John Griffiths said: “I am pleased that these figures show how Wales has made good progress in a number of areas that are key to making Wales a sustainable nation. The statistics show improvements in key areas such as urban and rural air quality, production of electricity from renewable sources and household waste recycling and composting.
“The Welsh Government is committed to one planet living, where we live and plan for a future that only uses our fair share of the earth’s resources. Today’s figures prove that we are making good progress but of course there is still scope for improvement.”
The new Sustainable Development figures are available both as a pocket sized leaflet or on-line via the StatsWales website at www.statswales.wales.gov.uk.
Source: Welsh Government
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