Wales should aim to cut greenhouse gases by 95% by 2050 to help tackle global warming, according to a UK Government report.
The target is less than the "net zero" emissions the report recommended for the UK.
But it won't be the first time the country has built an economic future on blazing a trail. This, it is stated, would be supported by increasing recycling rates to 70 per cent across the whole of the United Kingdom by 2025 and reducing food waste "as far as possible" - the report estimates that 70 per cent of the 10 million tonnes of food wasted every year after it leaves the farm is thrown away in households.
Emphasis in the CCC report on a transition to low-carbon electricity generation and low-carbon heating sources has been welcomed by the anaerobic digestion (AD) industry, which should also benefit from the diversion of biodegradable waste from landfill.
On a United Kingdom scale, the warnings over Scotland's preparedness for its landfill ban should serve as a lesson that investment in infrastructure to deal with displaced waste will need to be made well in advance of a ban if the United Kingdom is to be able to adequately deal with its generated waste.
He added: "It remains our concern that while Scottish farming already plays an important role in reducing emissions, the way our agriculture is represented in the greenhouse gas inventory and reporting structures does farming a serious disservice, ignoring the key environmental role farmers and crofters in Scotland provide".
'Our net-zero scenarios imply a significant roll-out of energy efficiency measures in new and existing homes (around 6 million cavity walls, 6 million solid walls and 21,000 loft insulation measures),' the report said.
Such an increase would mean between 540 and 645TWh of low carbon power on the system, a significant leap from the 155TWh the United Kingdom boasts today. "There is now a huge opportunity for the UK Government, devolved nations, industry and campaigners to demonstrate how the most vulnerable people in our society can be the first to benefit from this necessary transition".
"An earlier date has been proposed by some groups and might send a stronger signal internationally to those considering increasing their own ambition, but only if it's viewed as credible", the panel said. We have already halved greenhouse gas emissions from Scotland while growing the economy, so we know we can do it. "A more decentralised energy system will make the UK's homes and businesses more carbon efficient, smarter by putting the customer in control, enabling households to save hundreds of pounds every year, whilst also making them more comfortable".
Aaron Kiely, Climate Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, voiced concern about the odds of success and the urgency of delivery. A target that slashes the UK's emissions and therefore our overall contribution to climate change, is desperately needed. "A roughly fifty-fifty chance of exceeding 1.5°C is worse odds than Russian roulette".
"Our organisations are aligned: Acting to tackle damaging climate change is vital". A net zero target would require all of the country's power to originate from low carbon sources, with renewables to be complemented by nuclear and carbon capture and storage. It's the use of methane that releases carbon and that needs to be phased out.
"This would put the United Kingdom in pole position to lead the global zero-carbon revolution". "Hydrogen should be added to the gas grid".
The UK must take bold action on global warming and pledge to become carbon neutral within three decades, the government's official climate change adviser recommends today. What government should do is to legislate for Green Gas compatible boilers, to replace existing stock.