'We must all play our part to reduce emissions'
COLD winter weather at the beginning and end of 2010 may have caused greenhouse gas emissions to rise in that year, said the Welsh Government.
Environment Minister John Griffiths said greenhouse gas emissions in Wales rose by around eight per cent in 2010 compared to 2009. An increase in iron and steel production could also have been a factor.
The main source of Wales's greenhouse emissions in 2010 was the energy sector (36 per cent), business (21 per cent), road transport (12 per cent) and domestic heating and cooking (10 per cent). The emissions measured comprise six greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, methane and hydrofluorocarbons.
Wales has a disproportionately high share of heavy industry and electricity generation compared to the UK.
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The Welsh Government said emissions had been decreasing overall since the 1990s, when such measuring came into force. UK emissions dropped in 2010.
Mr Griffiths said: "It is clear that the UK economic downturn has been a major factor in the steep decline in emissions in 2010, as in 2009. Looking ahead, we will continue to enhance our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Wales and look to ensure that Wales is well-prepared to manage the impacts of climate change."
The Welsh Government aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by three per cent per year, but only in areas it has devolved competence for.
"But our targets can only be achieved if everyone — government at all levels, people, communities and businesses — all play their part," said Mr Griffiths.