Summit Agenda


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09:15 Registration and refreshments

09:45 Welcome and introduction to the Summit
Rhodri Thomas, Principal Consultant, Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales
Mari Arthur, Director, Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales

10:00 Keynote speaker – George Ferguson CBE
Bristol architect, politician and social entrepreneur, Ferguson was the first elected mayor of Bristol (2012-16) and the only independent leader of a major British city. He led Bristol’s successful bid and programme as European Green Capital 2015. As RIBA President (2003-05) he championed the causes of education, the environment and good urbanism. He also has a theatre, bars and brewery based in around the renowned Bristol based mixed use Tobacco Factory project.

10:20 Nick Cliffe – Innovation Lead at Innovate UK
Supporting Sustainable Innovation by SMEs
Highlights examples of real innovation and how SMEs are rising to the challenge.


Connecting Communities

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10:35 Rhodri Thomas –  Cynnal Cymru
Introduction to ‘Connecting Communities’ and outline on what each of the speakers are doing to connect communities and bring about behaviour change.

10:40 Jon Brookes – Head of Business Rental at Enterprise
Car Clubs: Shared resource and reducing the reliance on private cars
Enterprise Car Club is helping to improve opportunities for a connected community in many areas across the UK including Bristol, but Wales is yet to fully adopt. Car Clubs are encouraging and facilitating a shift in traditional travel culture and car ownership model of transport to enable a pay-as-you-go approach, shared resources, and connected, sustainable mobility solutions to ultimate assist in reducing the number of cars on our roads.

10:55 Professor Phil Jones – Cardiff University / Low Carbon Research Institute LCRI
Energy connections for zero carbon regions
Low carbon energy solutions and opportunities around City Deals and community benefits.

11:10 Emma Peddie and Paul Sampson – BBC Wales and BBC Bristol
Environmental and sustainability issues are reflected in the BBC’s programmes but it’s also important that they are embedded in the way that the BBC works. BBC Wales staff are encouraged to exemplify sustainable behaviour in all that they do and the new Broadcast Centre in Central Square will demonstrates the BBC’s commitment to sustainable buildings and culture in BBC Wales

11:25 Q & A Session

11:35 Break


Urban Well-being

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12:00 Richard Lewis and Amanda Davies – Public Health Wales
Introduction to the session on ‘Urban Well-being’, presenting their criteria for health and wellbeing in urban development and their new Cardiff office as a case study.

12:05 Alan Hendry – Director of Sustainability at Jacobs
Smart Living in Neath Port Talbot
Jacobs will highlight their involvement in the SMART Cities – Smart Living agenda working on a number of innovative projects throughout Wales with the Welsh Government and Local Authorities.

12:20 Fergus O’Brien – Rainscape Strategy Manager at Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water
Delivering RainScape in Llanelli
Sustain Wales Award 2016 winner for Sustainable Innovation, the RainScape project addresses flooding and pollution in Llanelli to create greener and cleaner communities.

12:35 Claire Pearce-Crawford – Melin Homes
The practical and strategic role housing association play in connecting their communities and how Melin Homes are piloting new sustainability projects to improve their commitment to their tenants and stakeholders.

12:50 Q & A Session

13:00 Lunch, exhibition and networking


Buildings for the Future

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13:55 Paul Jennings – Constructing Excellence in Wales
Introduction to the session on ‘Buildings for the Future’ and outline how the industry is moving towards a low-carbon approach to construction with some excellent examples around building components, construction and developments that are leading the way.

14:00 Ian Turner – CEO Cool-Curve Ltd
Changing the world for the better – one light bulb at a time
Cool-Curve is incorporating remanufacturing into the design requirements to help avoid valuable components and materials being wasted at the end of the lamp’s life – or what Cool-Curve have called “Product Regeneration” – not only bringing the original product back to life but improving it to the latest technology status.

14:15 Martyn Lucas – Managing Director Carapace Slate Ltd
A vision to revive and sustain the Welsh slate industry
Carapace is looking to breathe fire back into Welsh slate by reforming the waste from one of the UKs most iconic industries. Carapace is a low-carbon, recycled roof slate which captures the character of Welsh slate but uses a patented snap-fit installation system to reduce installation time by over 90%. With such a significant reduction in labour costs, Carapace is set to compete on price with imports which saturate the UK marketplace; mitigating the high economic and environmental costs of transporting slate across the globe.

14:30 Darren Crossman – Facilities and Safety Manager, Principality Stadium
Principality Stadium – what does the future hold and how is it evolving?
Principality Stadium highlights a new project integrating Solar PV, battery storage and trails on LED lighting replacements for pitch growth.

14:45 Dr Glen Peters – Chief Executive Western Solar
Value drivers must change to support sustainable homes
Western Solar have recently built Pentre Solar, a small village of six Welsh timber houses in Glanrhyd near Cardigan. The tenant’s fuel bills are expected to be a fraction of their neighbours and they will even get the use of a shared electric car. Western Solar plan to build 1,000 homes over the next 10 years, with the help of partnerships including housing providers and investors. This will demonstrate the technology is available to develop villages in the interest of future generations.

15:00 Q & A Session

15:10 Cynnal Cymru event summary and announce new plans and an innovative project with opportunities for involvement from attendees of the Sustain Wales Summit.

15:30 Close


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