Sustain Wales Summit


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

The annual Sustain Wales Summit highlights existing low-carbon innovation that could and should be more widely adopted to create a low carbon future.

The 2017 Summit brought together local, national and international sector-leading experts who are already translating the principles of sustainability into practice. This year’s cutting-edge themes:

Connecting communities
Urban well-being
Buildings for the future

Each speaker demonstrated how innovative technology, thinking and practices can drive an affordable transition to a low-carbon, sustainable society.

In April 2016 the landmark legislation the Well-being of Future Generations Act came in to force. Wales is now globally significant as it attempts to transform the way decisions are made today in the interest of future generations. The Sustain Wales Summit will identify the technology available to develop houses, buildings and communities in a more sustainable way. The Summit will bring together innovative organisations and products that have the power to transform our environments by integrating with the natural environment and thus help Wales realise its ambition of becoming a sustainable economy and society.

Innovation underpins sustainable business practice; we have gone beyond merely doing business responsibly and now need to explore new technologies, new ways of working and new ways of procuring and consuming goods and services. Business as usual is no longer an option.

Keynote Speaker:


George Ferguson, CBE PPRIBA

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.


Alan Hendry, Jacobs
Fergus O’Brien, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water
Darren Crossman, Principality Stadium
Nick Cliffe, Innovate UK
Jon Brookes, Enterprise Car Club
Professor Phil Jones, Cardiff University / Low Carbon Research Institute LCRI
Claire Pearce-Crawford, Melin Homes
Ian Turner, Cool-Curve Ltd.
Martyn Lucas,  Carapace Slate Ltd
Dr Glen Peters, Western Solar/ Pentre Solar
Emma Peddie, BBC
Richard Lewis, Public Health Wales
Amanda Davies, Public Health Wales