2016 Sustain Wales Summit

Sustain Wales Summit 2016

Business Innovation for a Sustainable Economy

“…what Wales is doing today the world will do tomorrow.”
Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, United Nations


What innovation do we need for a Sustainable Economy?

The inaugural Sustain Wales Summit showed local and national businesses that low carbon, resource efficient and innovative business is profitable and competitive.

The Summit brought together sector-leading experts who are translating the principles of sustainability into practice and who are address cutting edge themes such as low-carbon technology, resource efficiency and new models of consumption.

Summit highlights;


MIKE RANN – former Premier of South Australia closed the Summit with examples of his experience as Premier of South Australia  where he pioneered many ground breaking sustainability initiatives including;

  • 40% electricity supply from wind and solar
  • PV roofs on most public buildings
  • 3 million trees planted on 2000 ha for C02 absorption and biodiversity
  • 15% reduction of C02 emissions since 2000
  • Water sensitive urban development
  • 60% carbon emissions reduction by municipal buildings
  • Thousands of new green jobs

Download the Cynnal Cymru Innovation Shorts

Speakers and participants included:

Mike Rann (former Premier of South Australia)

Hugo Spowers (Chief Engineer and founder of Riversimple)

Prof. Herbert Girardet (co-founder of the World Future Council)

Prof. Phil Jones (Chair Low Carbon Research Institute)

Martyn Popham (CEO Cenin Group).

Bettina Gilbert (Wrap Cymru)

Angela Gidden (Designer)

Nick Cliffe: Innovation UK

From April 2016 the world-leading legislation The Well-being of Future Generations Act establishes a set of national sustainability goals. This has major implications for anyone doing business in Wales or with Wales. The ‘Sustain Wales Summit’ identified what innovative approaches are required in order for Wales to achieve the national Well-being Goals.

Wales can achieve similar success. We have the know-how, the entrepreneurs and the policy we need to do this!