Day: August 30, 2016

Wales leads on recycling

[:en]Wales has the highest municipal recycling rate in the UK and in the top four in Europe!

New provisional figures published last week show recycling in Wales continues to increase and is at its highest ever recorded level. In 2015/16 the average combined reuse, recycling and composting rate across local authorities was 60%, an increase of 4 percentage points on last year’s figure. It is also the first year levels have increased beyond the ambitious target of 58% suggesting Wales is on its way to achieving the recycling target of 70% by 2025 and a zero waste nation by 2050.

Wales aims to have the highest national recycling rate in the world with the ultimate ambition of achieving a ‘carbon neutral Wales by 2020”.

Recycling Week begins on September 12th and is a great opportunity to think about how we can do even better and reduce our impact on the planet. Throughout Recycling week we will be raising awareness of the great work some of our members but also other innovative businesses in Wales are undertaking to reduce their waste to landfill and embrace sustainability.

RW_Supporters_Badge_2016[:cy]Wales has the highest municipal recycling rate in the UK and in the top four in Europe!

New provisional figures published last week show recycling in Wales continues to increase and is at its highest ever recorded level. In 2015/16 the average combined reuse, recycling and composting rate across local authorities was 60%, an increase of 4 percentage points on last year’s figure. It is also the first year levels have increased beyond the ambitious target of 58% suggesting Wales is on its way to achieving the recycling target of 70% by 2025 and a zero waste nation by 2050.

Wales aims to have the highest national recycling rate in the world with the ultimate ambition of achieving a ‘carbon neutral Wales by 2020”.

Recycling Week begins on 12th September and is a great opportunity to think about how we can do even better and reduce our impact on the planet. Throughout Recycling week we will be raising awareness of the great work some of our members but also other innovative businesses in Wales are undertaking to reduce their waste to landfill and embrace sustainability.[:]

Sustainable transport opportunity with Enterprise Car Club

[:en]This month we welcome new member, Enterprise Car Club. Enterprise Car Club provides hourly self-service car rental available 24/7/365 throughout the city, they are working with their members to deliver sustainable transport and resource efficient solutions to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and costs associated with employee travel.

Enterprise Car Club encourages employees to travel to work using more sustainable transport methods (bus, cycling or walking), which not only help keep the city car free, but can also improve staff health and well-being. When there is a need to use a car, Enterprise has a nearby pool of club cars available to transport employees to their destination. These cars have the latest hybrid engine technology which keep carbon emissions to a minimum. The Car Club is a solution to the two largest enemies of the city: traffic and pollution.

This is car pooling running at its most efficient level – not just a pool car serving one company but several pool cars serving an entire city. For SMEs the Car Club has potential to hail a number of benefits. The sharing economy offers lower running cost – for just £4.95 per hour of hire, you have access to one of the cars around Cardiff. This price also includes the cost of petrol, road tax and servicing. The sharing economy is already booming with businesses like Uber and AirBnB recently taking off in Cardiff. It is now time for business travel to follow.

 

Enterprise car Club

You can find more information about how the service works by following this link to the Enterprise Car Club website.

As a Cynnal Cymru member, you can sign up to Enterprise Car Club and claim a significant discount on membership for your business. For more information on how to redeem this offer email us on connect@cynnalcymru.com[:cy]Saesneg unig[:]

Survey: almost two thirds say Welsh government should invest more in energy efficiency and make Wales 100% renewable

[:en]100 days since the new Welsh Government was formed, a survey for WWF Cymru has found that almost two thirds of people want the Welsh Government to invest more in improving the energy efficiency of homes.

The survey also found that almost the same amount of people wants all of Wales’ electricity to come from renewable sources.

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, will publish his Programme for Government during the next few weeks and the focus is likely to be on how Wales adapts to Brexit.

WWF is calling on the Government not to side-line investment in reducing emissions and tackling climate change.

According to the conservation organisation, one of the best ways of cutting emissions and creating jobs would be rolling out an up-scaled residential energy efficiency programme.

Research by the Energy Saving Trust conducted on behalf of WWF Cymru in 2015 found that the Welsh Government needs to ramp up its home energy efficiency efforts in order to meet its own emissions reduction targets.

The organisation also says that if Wales want to be a modern, low-carbon country then its energy should predominantly come from renewable sources.

The survey of 1,000 people found:

  • 65% of people want the Welsh Government to invest more in improving the energy efficiency of homes across Wales to reduce emissions and ensure no-one is living in a hard-to-heat home.
  • 64% of people want to see a Wales that generates all of its electricity from renewable sources.
  • 62% of people want the Welsh Government to do more to help people to heat their homes from renewable energy sources.
  • 59% of people want the Welsh Government to invest in projects that reduce emissions, like public transport and affordable heat networks, to create a low-carbon Wales.

Head of WWF Cymru, Anne Meikle, said:

“When the First Minister’s Programme for Government is published next month, we expect to see a strong commitment to tackling climate change in it.

“By investing now in making our homes fit for the future, we can stimulate the economy by creating jobs and wasting less energy, while cutting emissions at the same time.

“Wales can lead the way in being a forward-thinking, smart, and sustainable nation and it’s clear from this survey that the public want the Welsh Government to seize that opportunity.”

Shea Jones, Re-Energising Wales Project Coordinator at the Institute of Welsh Affairs, added:

“Having strong public support for generating the energy we use from renewable technologies is incredibly important.

“That support for moving to a low-carbon energy system powered by renewables is not only wanted, but needed in order to meet our challenging climate change targets, as well as giving us increased energy security in the future and a raft of other economic, social and environmental benefits.

“The IWA has recently started a three-year project to develop a practical, long-term Welsh energy strategy, which will look in detail at how much energy Wales will need in the future and how renewables can fulfil that need by 2035.”[:cy]100 diwrnod ers ffurfio Llywodraeth newydd Cymru, mae arolwg a gynhaliwyd ar ran WWF Cymru yn dangos bod bron dau draean o bobl eisiau i Lywodraeth Cymru fuddsoddi mwy mewn gwella effeithiolrwydd ynni cartrefi.

 Canfu’r arolwg hefyd fod bron yr un nifer o bobl eisiau i holl drydan Cymru ddod o ffynonellau adnewyddadwy.

 Bydd Prif Weinidog Cymru, Carwyn Jones, yn cyhoeddi ei Raglen Lywodraethu yn ystod yr wythnosau nesaf, ac mae’n debyg y bydd yn canolbwyntio ar sut y bydd Cymru’n ymaddasu i Brexit.

 Mae WWF yn galw ar y Llywodraeth i beidio â diystyru buddsoddi mewn lleihau allyriadau a mynd i’r afael â’r newid yn yr hinsawdd.

 Yn ôl y sefydliad cadwraethol, un o’r ffyrdd gorau o leihau allyriadau a chreu swyddi fyddai rhoi ar waith rhaglen effeithlonrwydd ynni fwy o faint i gartrefi.

 Canfu ymchwil gan yr Ymddiriedolaeth Arbed Ynni a gynhaliwyd ar ran WWF Cymru yn 2015 fod angen i Lywodraeth Cymru gynyddu ei hymdrechion ym maes effeithiolrwydd ynni cartrefi er mwyn cyrraedd ei thargedau ei hun o ran lleihau allyriadau.

 Mae’r sefydliad hefyd yn dweud, er mwyn i Gymru fod yn wlad fodern, carbon isel, y dylai’r rhan fwyaf o’i hynni ddod o ffynonellau adnewyddadwy.

 Canfu’r arolwg o 1,000 o bobl fod:

  • 65% o bobl eisiau i Lywodraeth Cymru fuddsoddi mwy mewn gwella effeithiolrwydd ynni cartrefi ledled Cymru er mwyn lleihau allyriadau a sicrhau nad oes neb yn byw mewn cartref sy’n anodd ei wresogi.
  • 64% o bobl eisiau i Gymru gynhyrchu ei holl drydan o ffynonellau adnewyddadwy.
  • 62% o bobl eisiau i Lywodraeth Cymru wneud mwy i helpu pobl i wresogi eu cartrefi gan ddefnyddio ffynonellau ynni adnewyddadwy.
  • 59% o bobl eisiau i Lywodraeth Cymru fuddsoddi mewn prosiectau sy’n lleihau allyriadau, fel trafnidiaeth gyhoeddus a rhwydweithiau gwres fforddiadwy, er mwyn creu Cymru garbon isel.

 

 Meddai Anne Meikle, Pennaeth WWF Cymru:

 “Pan gaiff Rhaglen Lywodraethu Prif Weinidog Cymru ei chyhoeddi y mis nesaf, rydyn ni’n disgwyl iddi gynnwys ymrwymiad cadarn i fynd i’r afael â’r newid yn yr hinsawdd.

 “Trwy fuddsoddi yn awr mewn sicrhau bod ein cartrefi’n addas at y dyfodol, gallwn hybu’r economi trwy greu swyddi a gwastraffu llai o ynni, ac ar yr un pryd lleihau allyriadau.

 “Gall Cymru arwain y ffordd trwy fod yn genedl flaengar, glyfar a chynaliadwy, ac mae’n glir o’r arolwg hwn bod y cyhoedd eisiau i Lywodraeth Cymru achub ar y cyfle hwn.”

 

Ychwanegodd Shea Jones, Cydlynydd Prosiect y Sefydliad Materion Cymreig, ‘Re-Energising Wales’:

 “Mae’n bwysig eithriadol cael cefnogaeth gref gan y cyhoedd i gynhyrchu’r ynni a ddefnyddiwn o ffynonellau adnewyddadwy.

 “Nid yn unig mae eisiau’r gefnogaeth honno i newid i system ynni carbon isel o ffynonellau adnewyddadwy, mae hefyd ei hangen er mwyn cyrraedd ein targedau heriol o ran y newid yn yr hinsawdd, yn ogystal â diogelu ein ffynonellau ynni yn y dyfodol, a chruglwyth o fuddion economaidd, cymdeithasol ac amgylcheddol eraill.

 “Yn ddiweddar mae’r Sefydliad Materion Cymreig wedi dechrau prosiect tair blynedd i ddatblygu strategaeth ynni hirdymor ymarferol i Gymru, a fydd yn ymchwilio’n fanwl i faint o ynni y bydd Cymru ei angen yn y dyfodol, a sut y gall ynni adnewyddadwy ddiwallu’r angen hwnnw erbyn 2035.”[:]

Smart Energy GB made Energy visible at the National Eisteddfod for Wales

[:en]How much clog dancing does it take to power a lightbulb?

Tudur Phillips, award-winning Welsh clog dancer and S4C presenter, recruited visitors entering the National Eisteddfod for Wales to see how much energy they’re generating with their feet.

Phillips was at the Eisteddfod with Smart Energy GB, the voice of the smart meter rollout, making energy visible using a smart technology footpath using kinetic tiles, created by clean-tech company Pavegen.

By enabling visitors to generate power and see how many minutes of energy use their footsteps can ‘power’, Smart Energy GB aimed to demonstrate in an illustrative way the visibility and control smart meters will bring to the way we use energy in our homes.

Tudur and his volunteer dancers generated energy by stomping on the bridge. This was shown on a large screen behind them; illustrating how much energy to power a lightbulb and a laptop or to charge a mobile phone.

Smart meters will be offered to every household, at no additional cost, by 2020, as part of a national transformation of the way we buy and use our gas and electricity. This new technology will bring an end to estimated bills and show us, via a simple in-home display, what we’re spending in pounds and pence, in near real-time.

Fflur Lawton, Head of Policy and Communications Wales for Smart Energy GB, said: “We were showing visitors to the Eisteddfod that smart technology can make energy visible – and help us get it under control.  Smart meters are coming to every home, giving accurate information and visibility of what we’re spending, which istransforming the way we use gas and electricity in our homes.”

Tudur Phillips said: “It’s great to be part of such an exciting campaign making it easier for people to see and understand their energy use.  Clog dancing is a high energy activity and you can see how much energy we generate by dancing on the tiles.”

Pavegen CEO and Founder Laurence Kemball-Cook, inventor of the energy slabs, said: “This is the first time we’ve demonstrated Pavegen’s technology in Wales and we’re thrilled to be at the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny. Data from our tiles allows visitors to see how much energy they can generate with their footsteps.”[:cy]Faint o ddawnsio clocsiau y mae’n ei gymryd i bweru bwlb golau?

Mi recriwtiodd Tudur Phillips, dawnsiwr clocsiau ysgubol o Gymru a chyflwynydd ar S4C, ymwelwyr oedd yn cyrraedd Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru i weld faint o ynni yr oeddent yn medru ei  gynhyrchu gyda’u traed.

Roedd Tudur yn yr Eisteddfod gydag Ynni Clyfar GB, llais yr ymgyrch cyflwyno mesuryddion clyfar, i wneud ynni’n weladwy gan ddefnyddio llwybr troed technoleg glyfar gan ddefnyddio teils cinetig, a grëwyd gan y cwmni technoleg lân Pavegen.

Trwy alluogi ymwelwyr i gynhyrchu ynni a gweld faint o funudau o ddefnyddio ynni y gall eu camau troed eu ‘pweru’, amcan Ynni Clyfar GB oedd dangos trwy ddull gweledol y rheolaeth y bydd mesuryddion clyfar yn eu darparu yn y ffordd yr ydym yn defnyddio ynni yn ein cartrefi.

Cynhyrchodd Tudur a’i ddawnswyr gwirfoddol ynni trwy ddawnsio ar y bont. Ar sgrîn fawr tu ôl iddynt hwy, datgelwyd mewn munudau ac eiliadau am faint yr oedd modd i Tudur a’i wirfoddolwyr bweru bwlb golau a gliniadur neu wefru ffôn symudol.

Bydd mesuryddion clyfar yn cael eu cynnig i bob aelwyd am ddim erbyn 2020 fel rhan o ymgyrch genedlaethol i drawsnewid y ffordd yr ydym yn prynu ac yn defnyddio ein nwy a thrydan. Bydd y dechnoleg newydd hon yn dod â biliau wedi’u hamcangyfrif i ben ac yn dangos i ni, trwy sgrîn ynni cartref syml, faint rydym yn ei wario mewn punnoedd a cheiniogau, bron mewn amser real.

Meddai Fflur Lawton, Pennaeth Polisi a Chyfathrebu Cymru Ynni Clyfar GB: Roeddem yn dangos i ymwelwyr â’r Eisteddfod y gall technoleg glyfar wneud ynni’n weladwy – a’n helpu mynnu rheolaeth arno. Mae mesuryddion clyfar yn dod i bob cartref, gan roi gwybodaeth gywir a thryloywder ar yr hyn rydym yn ei wario, a thrawsnewid y ffordd yr ydym yn defnyddio nwy a thrydan yn ein cartrefi.”

Meddai Tudur Phillips: “Mae’n wych i fedru cymryd rhan mewn ymgyrch mor gyffrous, gan ei gwneud hi’n haws i bobl weld a deall eu defnydd ynni. Mae  dawnsio clocsiau’n weithgaredd ynni uchel, a gallwch weld faint o ynni rydym yn ei gynhyrchu trwy ddawnsio ar y teils.”

Meddai Prif Weithredwr a Sylfaenydd Pavegen, Laurence Kemball-Cook, dyfeisiwr y slabiau ynni: “Dyma’r tro cyntaf i ni arddangos technoleg Pavegen yng Nghymru ac rydym yn falch iawn o fod yn yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yn Y Fenni. Mae data o’n teils yn galluogi ymwelwyr i weld faint o ynni y gallant ei gynhyrchu gyda’u camau traed.”[:]

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