Wales today launched the first Climate Change Commission in Britain, with the aim of reducing the impact of global warming on the country's environment, communities, infrastructure and economy.
The Commission is chaired by the Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing Jane Davidson at the Senedd, and she was joined by Commission members from a wide range of political, business, local authority, trade and rural organisations.
The Minister said: "I am delighted that Wales is leading the way in the battle against climate change through setting up this Commission.
"The Commission was one of the Assembly Governmentâ€™s top priorities outlined in the One Wales document which set out our Government business.
"Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing the people of Wales and the world in which we all live today. Tackling it to reduce its impact on Walesâ€™s environment, communities, infrastructure and economy is one of the Assembly Governmentâ€™s top priorities.
"The Assembly Government has a key leadership role to play but we cannot do this alone.
"The Commission will be important in helping Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government meet the challenge of climate change by gathering information and ideas and helping to build agreement with people from a wide range of political, business, local authority, trade and rural organisations.
"The Commissionâ€™s job is to help develop new policies and create broad agreement on a way forward."
Membership of the Commission includes the Conservative, Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru political parties; the Carbon Trust in Wales, CBI Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology, Countryside Council for Wales, Cynnal Cymru, Energy Saving Trust Wales, Environment Agency Wales, WLGA, TUC Cymru, UK Climate Change Impacts Programme and Wales Environment Link.