First published: 21/02/2024 -

Last updated: 21/03/2024 -

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Public Sector Action

With more than 780 public organisations in Wales, the size and influence of this sector means it plays a key part in helping Wales tackle the climate and nature emergencies. 

The two key areas in which the public sector must act in are: 

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Providing support

Public sector organisations are responsible for delivering the vital services, infrastructure and support needed to help make green choices easier, more convenient and more affordable for households, communities and businesses across Wales. They’re also legally obliged under the Well-being of Future Generations Act to involve and engage people of all ages and backgrounds when making decisions.

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Leading by example 

As well as supporting us to take action, the public sector is also responsible for embodying green behaviours in their own work, making sure their leaders, managers and staff lead by example. 


What actions is the Welsh Government taking to help us make green choices? 

The Welsh Government is working closely with a variety of public sector organisations to deliver Net Zero, through policy and support programmes: 

How is the Welsh Government leading by example?

  • Vision: Net Zero Wales sets out the vision for the Welsh public sector to be collectively net zero by 2030, which means radically reducing emissions across these organisations, and transforming their relationship with nature.  

  • Targets: The Welsh Government has published its own net zero strategic plan, describing the plan for making its own operations net zero by 2030. 

  • Inspiring action: Many public sector employers in Wales run voluntary staff networks to encourage green behaviours. Staff within the Welsh Government, for example, have a voluntary ‘Living Sustainably’ network that gives participants a space to learn how they can live more sustainably and reduce their carbon footprint at home and in the office. 

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