Policy Forum for Wales

Energy policy in Wales and enabling the transition to a low carbon economy - priorities for cutting emissions, infrastructure and investment, and supporting the economy

TO BE PUBLISHED December 2019

This seminar will examine the practicalities, impact and next steps for cutting emissions in Wales, looking at:

  • the transition to a low carbon economy and meeting Wales’ first carbon budget; and
  • infrastructure priorities to support both environmental aims and growth in the Welsh economy.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the Welsh Government’s Prosperity for All: A Low Carbon Wales plan, bringing together existing and new policy at Wales, UK and EU level.

Further discussion will look ahead to a range of strategies due to be finalised across government in 2020, including in areas such as fuel poverty and planning and development, where the recently-announced National Development Framework (NDF) consultation proposes new priority areas for large-scale wind and solar energy development.

We also expect discussion on the revised Wales Transport Strategy, due for publication in May 2020.

With the recent creation of the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales, delegates will discuss priorities for meeting Wales’ strategic infrastructure needs, as well as supporting work in areas such as decarbonisation and clean energy production through infrastructure projects, whilst benefiting the Welsh economy.

Attendees will also examine the challenges and opportunities for making changes in everyday life.

The conference will consider how the Welsh Government can support the decarbonisation and climate change agendas, major energy projects, and local energy production, as the Welsh Government aims to increase the local ownership of energy generation.

Those attending will look at the potential impact of developments UK-wide, such as the Offshore Wind Sector Deal and the UK’s departure from the EU.

Further sessions assess the challenges for meeting sustainability goals, following the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, and the recent publication of the Future Generations Commissioner’s 10 point plan, prioritising ten areas for investment in order for Wales to meet the climate emergency challenge, across areas such as renewable energy, housing and buildings, transport, land use and agriculture.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Policy Forum for Wales seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates