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Innovation Short | Public Health Wales and Orangebox save 134 tonnes of C02

Innovation Short | Public Health Wales and Orangebox save 134 tonnes of C02 In 2016 Public Health Wales (PHW) relocated to a new large open plan office in Cardiff Bay incorporating the transfer of around 500 staff. PHW wanted to create a unique workplace environment designed to encourage a collaborative, social and learning focused work place which embedded sustainability as a core principal. Public Health Wales has embraced the three pillars of sustainability – environmental, economic and social sustainability and so this was incorporated in to the brief produced for furnishing the building. In order to achieve the retrofit PHW took a new and innovative approach to procuring office equipment, furnishings and flooring using as much reused and remanufactured equipment and products as possible. As an organisation dedicated to improving public health and well-being, PHW felt that this should be central to activities, including procurement of goods and services, and the refit was identified as an opportunity to demonstrate this approach. They already had a large number of quality furniture and fittings in their existing offices across Wales and it was felt that these items, with some cleaning, refurbishment and re-design, could be repurposed for use at the new office space in Cardiff Bay instead of being sent to landfill, and could be combined with other new or re-used items in a cohesive and functional style appropriate for the...

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A Smart Energy Future for Rural Areas

A Smart Energy Future for Rural Areas New paper from Smart Energy GB examines how smart technology is energising rural community energy projects across Great Britain Smart technology is helping rural communities harness renewable energy and benefit from energy that is cheaper, more efficient and more secure, according to a new report from Smart Energy GB and Arad Research. A smart energy future for rural areas explores some of the most successful examples of community energy projects in rural areas across Britain, looking at the future opportunities to build upon these as Britain’s smart meter rollout continues. Smart meters, which are being offered to every home in Great Britain by energy suppliers, take automatic meter readings and provide a rich source of data on times and levels of energy use. The report explores examples of projects using smart energy, data, and technology to manage the supply and demand of electricity. These include Cyd-ynni: Ynni Lleol in Bethesda, a project that uses power from local hydro-electric generation combined with smart meter data to provide local residents with cheaper electricity from a renewable source. Savings of between 10 and 30 percent on energy bills are forecast for the 90 households taking part in the project. The paper shows the potential for smart meters to play an essential role in increasing the efficiency and security of local energy supplies. Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of...

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Brecon Carreg aims to be Carbon Neutral by 2020 | Innovation Short

Brecon Carreg aims to be Carbon Neutral by 2020 | Innovation Short Brecon Carreg is natural Welsh mineral water from the Brecon Beacons National Park. The company understands that to secure their position as a leader, that sustainability credentials are important and therefore have developed ambitious sustainability targets for 2020. Their focus on sustainability has meant that Brecon Carreg has received accreditation by the Ethical Company Organisation for the second year running, placing them in the top five UK ethical bottles water brands. Brecon Carreg are focussed on three areas – protecting nature, minimalizing their carbon footprint and supporting...

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Innovation Shorts | How the Principality Stadium is Working Towards Being “off the grid”

Innovation Shorts | How the Principality Stadium is Working Towards Being “off the grid” The Principality Stadium is Wales’ major international sports and events venue and is the home of the Welsh Rugby Union. With a capacity of 74,500 and an average of 1.3 million visitors a year, the stadium hosts sports, music and conference events and also offers a range of catering services. The Principality Stadium is the first venue in the UK to achieve the British Standard Sustainable Management Systems for Events, being recognised for its efforts to minimise its carbon impact, reuse material resources, reduce waste...

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North Wales Food & Drink Goes Green with Cynnal Cymru

North Wales Food & Drink Goes Green with Cynnal Cymru People from the growing food and drink sector in north Wales, which is an important and expanding sector of the local economy, will gather together on Wednesday 5 July 2017 at Bangor University for Cynnal Cymru’s first all-day ‘shared learning and networking event’. Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales is the leading organisation for sustainable development in Wales and is working in partnership with Bangor University and Adnodd to create this knowledge exchange. The purpose of the event is to explore green innovation that will lead to sustainability and environmental...

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