We would like to thank the Sustain Wales Summit sponsors for their support. We are delighted to have the support of Cenin Cement as our main sponsor, Melin Homes and Principality Stadium.
Our sponsors are focussed on sustainability and innovative ways of embedding sustainable practices and technologies within their organisations and beyond. Find out more about our sponsors below.
Main Sponsor: Cenin Group
Cenin Group, based at Parc Stormy near Bridgend, have redeveloped a rundown brownfield site into a cluster of Interconnected Renewable Technologies. The concept is modelled on Güssing in Austria, where a vibrant local economy was created using the natural resources and waste products in the town’s local vicinity. Shortly after Parc Stormy was acquired in 2007, it was decided to use the site to commercialise a low-carbon technology invented by Cardiff University that focused on converting mineral wastes from the power and steel industries into a new generation of low-carbon cement replacement. In 2011, the first investment was made in Renewable Energy when a 750kW PV plant was built to supply power to the manufacturing plant. In 2015 a 1.5MW wind turbine was commissioned. Today Parc Stormy has a 3MW Anaerobic Digestion plant in construction, and planning permission has just been approved in March 2016 for a pioneering 10MW Battery Storage project on site. A planning application has also been submitted for a second wind turbine which could generate up to 2.5MW. There are also plans for a Hydrogen Refuelling Station. This Cluster of green technologies will offer a fantastic opportunity for educating future generations in sustainability and low-carbon energy production. Cenin Group is attempting to demonstrate that considerable local economic benefit and job creation can be achieved by SMEs simply by embracing collaborative approaches that are commonplace in Mainland Europe.
Associate Sponsor: Melin Homes
Melin Homes owns and manages over 3,500 properties in Blaenau Gwent, Monmouthshire, Torfaen, Newport and Powys. They offer houses for rent and properties for sale, which can be bought through low-cost home ownership schemes. Their Being Greener team delivers the Welsh Government Warm Homes (Arbed) energy efficiency programme and their Little by Little team supports households with energy efficiency savings and helping to improve their quality of life. They also deliver job and training opportunities through the Melin Works team.
Low Carbon Technology Sponsor: Cardiff University
Research and teaching at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) at Cardiff University seek to create a built environment that enhances people’s lives, without destroying the planet for future generations. A key component of this is the incorporation of low carbon systems into the built environment that reduce the amount of energy used and carbon emissions generated whilst enhancing quality of life. Research is currently underway at the WSA investigating the combination of renewable energy supply, storage and reduced demand in replicable and affordable ways using available technologies.
Asset and Energy Management Sponsor: Property Tectonics
Property Tectonics is a property & construction consultancy with a difference. We deliver innovation, creativity and quality in the built environment by beautifully fusing expertise with intelligent software. pt aims to improve not only the environment we currently live in but also that of future generations.
New Models of Consumption Sponsor: Enterprise: Rent a Car
Enterprise is delighted to partner with Cynnal Cymru, and are committed to helping to make a positive impact in progressing sustainable development in Wales. As part of our core values, we realise we owe our success to the support and goodwill of the people who live in our local communities. A key goal of ours is also to work in partnership with our customers to consult and deliver innovative and sustainable solutions such as Enterprise Car Club to assist in changing travel behavior within their organization in order to reduce Co2 emissions and costs generated by business travel. We have seen huge success in this area and are passionate about the opportunity we see to not only assist organizations in travelling more sustainably but through collaboration, helping to develop a more sustainable transport infrastructure and culture in Wales.
Venue Sponsor: Principality Stadium
The Welsh Rugby Union (a not-for-profit organisation) owns the stadium and have embraced the 3 pillars of sustainable development – social, economic and environmental because it makes economic sense but also it is the right things to do. The stadium now recycles around 98% of its waste and all food waste is composted savings 78 tonnes of waste from going to landfill and saving £21,000 per year. The stadium was the first venue to achieve the British Standard for Sustainable Development and ISO 20121 Sustainable Event Management. Currently all their energy comes from renewable sources however they are currently looking in to putting solar PV on their roof working closely with the Low Carbon Research Institute on sourcing the technology and the logistics of fitting the panels to produce all its own energy and become entirely self-sufficient and “off the grid”. This would make the Millennium Stadium, the first stadium in the world to do this. The WRU are keen to focus on at the moment is their community engagement, looking at how they can socially benefit Wales.