Sustainable Innovation in Public Services 2017

Snowdon Partnership Plan – Snowdonia National Park

Project Partners: Awdurdod Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri – Snowdonia National Park, Croeso/Visit Betws y Coed, Cymdeithas Dwristiaeth Beddgelert Tourism Association, Cymdeithas Eryri – Snowdonia Society, CLA Cymru, Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru – Natural Resources Wales

The Snowdon Partnership is a group set up to create and then implement a new management plan for Snowdon. The Partnership brings together the organisations and landowners that are responsible for the on-the-ground management of the mountain, ranging from conservation work and path management to tourism, farming and mountain rescue.  Yr Wyddfa is home to vibrant, energetic communities and a mosaic of upland hill farms. It is a national asset, the most visited mountain in the UK, attracting people from across Wales, the UK and around the world. Caring for Yr Wyddfa is a complex business, requiring close collaboration in the work that we do.  The project ensures organisations work together to care for Snowdon’s exceptional beauty and heritage, and ensure a healthy and productive ecosystem where integrated services work together for the long-term needs of the local environment, communities, culture and visitor experience. The group will take action to safeguard its unique character, ensuring the involvement of local people, contributing to their benefit and the benefit of the local economy. The aims of the project is for all people to respect, enjoy, understand and care for the mountain and its environment.

The National Park Partnerships Manager led the organisation of regular meetings and workshops for the Partnership and the National Park provided resources to facilitate collaboration and ensure that participants were consulted. Those involved in the partnership plan includes Visit Betws y Coed, Beddgelert Tourism Association, Cymdeithas Eryri – Snowdonia Society, CLA Cymru,  Natural Resources Wales, Conwy Borough Council, Gwynedd Council, Snowdonia Active, Northern Area Local Access Forum, FUW, Hwb Eryri, Mountainsafe, NFU Cymru, NWMRA, Outdoor Partnership, Snowdon Mountain Railway, Visit Wales, The National Trust.


NRW’s Carbon Positive Project – Natural Resources Wales

The Carbon Positive Project is funded by Welsh Government to show leadership in how the public sector can reduce its carbon impact to tackle climate change. The Project has taken an ambitious approach to understand Natural Resources Wales’s carbon impact and to identify opportunities to address it. NRW are taking positive steps to reduce their carbon emissions, and to enhance and protect carbon stored on the land they manage and aim to encourage further decarbonisation in Wales. Natural Resources Wales was funded ‘to calculate their net carbon impact and develop a plan to become net carbon positive in the future with the aim for the Welsh Public Sector to be carbon neutral by 2030. The Carbon Positive Project is evaluating NRW’s net carbon status, accounting for both greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration across the whole of the NRW managed estate. The project is identifying mitigation opportunities to reduce their carbon impact as an organisation and delivering projects to demonstrate these measures. The project will also put in place a plan for future implementation of mitigation measures, embedding carbon management across the organisation and facilitating NRW becoming an exemplar in carbon management.

The Carbon Positive team have collaborated with many staff internally across NRW on key technical areas (E.g. forest harvesting, peatland restoration, fleet management), alongside bringing people on board and encouraging wide participation in the project through a series of staff engagement events. Natural Resources Wales have worked with the National Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage and forged links with collaborative groups, such as the Net Positive Group. In the coming months, NRW will share the knowledge and learning gathered as part of the project more widely with all Welsh public sector organisations and others who share the ambition to tackle climate change.


Our Space – Public Health Wales / Greenstream Flooring

Public Health Wales 'Our Space' project

Project Partners: Rype Office, OrangeBox

Public Health Wales (PHW) is a statutory body dedicated to improving public health and well-being aims to extend this objective across all activities, including procurement of goods and services. During 2016 PHW relocated 550 staff from nine smaller satellite offices, to a new large open plan office in Cardiff Bay. The challenge was to achieve health and wellbeing outcomes from an office relocation project. PHW wanted to encourage social enterprises that met its wider vision to participate in the procurement exercise through an innovative Consortium-based approach which was won by a consortia of Rype Office Furniture, Orangebox and Greenstream. The bulk of the furniture used for the new office was either re-used and re-manufactured from existing furniture or sourced from elsewhere, many of these items, had they not been re-used, would have been destined for landfill.  In the refit 1,143 individual items were re-used; these items were cleaned, repaired and reupholstered. A further 1,270 pieces were re-manufactured, which involved taking the long life elements of high quality used furniture (like metal frames), checking and resurfacing them, and rebuilding the rest of the item around them.

The project was run in partnership with Rype Office Furniture, Orangebox and Greenstream. Rype Office Furniture sources high quality furniture from existing clients’ offices, from the used markets and manufacturers’ surplus stocks and is remanufactured to present an ‘as-new’ appearance and performance.  Greenstream Flooring – a Community Interest Company provided new and re-used carpet tiles to meet the design. Greenstream work with low-income and long-term unemployed people in areas of high social deprivation by providing employment opportunities as well as flooring for households in poverty. Orangebox were the other key partne and one of the UK’s largest office furniture manufacturers. They are committed to ensuring their growth comes from products and services that are as environmentally smart as they are commercially successful. For this project Orangebox used their innovative approach to refurbishing 550 pre-owned high specification task chairs.