Friends of the Earth Cymru asked parties to include policies in their manifestos on key environmental & sustainability issues. And as part of our campaign we wanted to find out what issues are important to you, the people of Wales.
From December 2015 to March 2016 we conducted an online survey asking the public to rate a selection of policy asks by importance, and to choose which environmental issue they thought was most important. With the data we gathered from our survey we aim to reflect your views to influence all political parties, and ultimately our next government, to make solid promises and positive changes to make a Wales fit for future generations.
What would you choose as the most important environmental issue to focus on in Wales?
We asked you what environmental policies you thought are most important in Wales. Here are the results:
Top 5 environmental policies you would like to see in Wales
- 100% renewable electricity by 2030
- Fossil free Wales – banning fracking, opencast & unconventional gas exploration
- Cutting food waste by requiring supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities
- Support for communnity energy and solar panels
- Joint position – Energy efficiency as the top national infrastructure priority + Taking responsibility for our global environment
Top 10 environmental policies based on percentage of respondents which stated they were very important or most important
75% - Fossil free Wales (banning fracking, unconventional gas exploration and opencast)
75% - 100% renewable electricity by 2030
74% - Support for community energy and solar panels on public buildings
73% - Cutting food waste by requiring supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities
70% - Energy efficiency as the top national infrastructure priority
67% - Communities to have a right of appeal in planning decisions
66% - Pollinator friendly towns to help bees across Wales
66% - Zero waste by 2040
65% - Taking responsibility for our global environmental impacts
65% - Ensuring children are better connected to nature in their daily lives
Most important environmental issue for future generations
2. Energy - community energy, warm homes and a fossil free Wales
3. Sustainable communities for people and planet
4. Resources - living within environmental limits
5. Nature for everyone
6. A globally responsible Wales
Getting 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2030 was the most popular environmental policy according to the survey results. And more than three quarters of respondents believe that a fossil-free Wales is very important.
The other top policies were supporting community energy and solar panels on public buildings, cutting food waste by requiring supermarkets to donate unsold food, and making energy efficient homes a national infrastructure priority. Taking responsibility for our global impacts, pollinator-friendly towns and getting children better connected to nature also scored highly.
Climate change was the most important environmental issue for future generations.
Read our Policy Asks to all political parties to see what we've asked them to consider in the next Assembly.
And see our press release responding to the survey.