Climate Change

Size Of Wales are now Protecting an Area of Tropical Rainforest Across Africa and South America Twice the Size Of Wales – Double Their Initial Target!

[:en]Thanks to their newest project, a collaboration with The South Pole Group based in Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe in southern Africa, Size of Wales are protecting an area of rainforest twice the Size of Wales.

Marco Magini of the South Pole Group said: “By working with the Size of Wales we are able to protect an area of around 780,000 hectares, about one third of the size of Wales. These forests are vital in our battle against climate change and by working with the local communities we are able to create sustainable business opportunities such as beekeeping and offer conservation farming practices for smallholders making their living in the forest areas.

“Work is also underway to develop Moringa leaf production and to maintain ecotourism in the area to generate jobs and income and to protect the wildlife by operating up anti-poaching teams.”

This exciting milestone coincides with the appointment of new Director, Rita Singh. She brings with her a breadth of experience from her former roles with Cynnal Cymru, the Climate Change Commission and most recently. the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner.

Rita said: “I’m delighted to be joining Size of Wales, created as a national response to climate change, at a time when it is even more important than ever to show what can be achieved by nations big and small to tackle this global challenge. The pressures on our natural world are ever increasing, and now more than ever we need to collaborate with organisations from across the world to protect and enhance the forests that provide us with so many of the essential things we need, and to ensure sustainable livelihoods for communities that depend on them.

She continued, “I am excited to be leading the team that is committed to delivering on what a nation the size of Wales can do to address climate change. Finally I would like to thank Claire Raisin for leaving a great legacy to take forward”.

If you would like to learn more about Size of Wales and their projects, make a donation or get involved with their fundraising campaigns, visit www.sizeofwales.org.uk[:]

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

[:en]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 and increase recycling. The Stadium began its sustainable venture in 2010 and gained its certification within the first 12 months.

The stadium provided a workshop session with their main suppliers to gather information and gain technical knowledge in resource efficiency – including any initiatives to reduce waste and generate savings. The workshops identified areas where both the stadium and suppliers could achieve these goals through returning, reducing and reusing packaging. By working with their supply chain, the stadium directed 71.52 tonnes of waste from landfill and a consequent reduction of 28.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

The stadium has also implemented innovative design on its pitch, switching to a unique palletised pitched system which is capable of harvesting and reusing rainwater collected below the grass beds. The root zone and 40mm rye grass turf is redistributed for use at rugby clubs through Wales.

The stadium currently recycles around 98% of its waste, food waste is composted and 100% of energy procured is from renewables.

Additional design elements include infra red controls fitted in the urinals to prevents unnecessary flushing, meters to monitor energy and water consumption, new LED lighting and lighting controls and alternative methods of water heating to allow boilers to be shut down in summer. These measure have seen savings of 60.8 tonnes of CO2 made from reduced raw materials use, water and energy use.

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 Principality Stadium, the first stadium in the world to do this.

For more information visit the Principality Stadium website.[:]

Be bold, be innovative and have fun!

[:en]Last week we hosted the second Sustain Wales Summit in the Principality Stadium and we were wowed by an amazing line up of speakers and organisations that are proof that innovative approaches, products and new business models are really making a difference to business, our communities and our environment in Wales.

The Summit focused on three key themes throughout the day – Connected Communities, Urban Well-being and Buildings for the Future, featuring speakers from Jacobs, Melin, Enterprise, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, Innovate UK, Low Carbon Research Institure, BBC Wales, Constructing Excellence in Wales, Cool-Curve, Caraplace Slate, Principality Stadium and Western Solar.

We started the day with George Ferguson illustrating that political office can be used to give people the permission to be bold, be innovative and crucially to have fun. Risk aversion in the public sector is no longer an option. The time has come for public bodies to learn from and trust entrepreneurs. The vision and commitment of one person or a small group can be transformative. Cool Curve and Carapace, who have been supported by Innovate UK, were excellent examples of this but it is reassuring to know that larger and longer established companies like Dŵr Cymru and Jacobs are also ready to embrace new ideas and take risks.

Here are just a few of the highlights from the day:

Creating Resilient Communities

From Jacobs approach to low carbon technology and smart Living in Neath Port Talbot to Dŵr Cymru’s Rainscape project in Llanelli, we heard inspiring stories of how big organisations are working with local communities to deliver high impact projects. This was a great example of using best practice from around the world to find practical innovative solutions to local issues to improve the resilience of our communities.

We heard how global brands like Enterprise are taking a local community approach to developing alternative mobility solutions, utilising smart technology to encourage behaviour change.

 

People are central to the story

Lest we think that sustainability is all about technology and the environment Claire Pearce-Crawford from Melin reminded us that people are central to the story.

“If you don’t look after people, don’t expect people to look after the environment!”

Across the board we heard different examples of how core values were at the heart of innovation, building in the needs of people to tackle issues around equality, poverty, well-being and health. Glen Peters from Western Solar illustrated how a values-based approach has led to the creation of sustainable affordable homes that aim to change perceptions of timber built homes and develop an entirely sustainable community.

 

Making obsolescence obsolete

From the story of how Carapace’s developed a recycled roof slate system to Cool Curve‘s re-manufactured light bulbs. We heard how re-thinking waste into high quality products has multiple benefits for creating a circular economy.

Public Health Wales spoke about their role in promote better health and wellbeing and explained how working collaboratively on the procurement of furniture meant that they were able to create a modern, high quality office environment with only 94% recycled furniture – saving 134 tonnes of CO2.

 

A case for collaboration

Collaboration emerged as a key theme. Natural ecosystems are living laboratories of sustainability from which we have much to learn. Collaboration, synergy, mutualism, co-operation – these are all core elements to a successful and sustainable ecosystem. Businesses, communities and people must at one time or another, collaborate, communicate and share. This was what characterised the summit – a group of committed, competitive and ambitious people and organisations, coming together to share ideas, start new partnerships and collaborate to create a better world for everyone.

It was also great to hear the latest updates from Darren Crossman, Facilities and Safety Manager of the Principality Stadium who is working collaboratively with other Cynnal Cymru members – Lightology and the Low Carbon Research Institute to implement energy saving measures and the installation of a holistic energy generation system to ensure reliable clean energy for the venue. This fits into a wider aim to become a self-sufficient ‘off grid’ stadium with the capacity to support Cardiff with and the locality with its electrical supply needs. This would be a world first and be an achievement for the Principality Stadium, Cardiff and Wales.

 

Surprising sustainability stories

One of the more surprising stories to emerge at this year’s Summit was how the production of the BBC’s TV programme Casualty, is housed in a BREEAM outstanding building in Roath Lock in Cardiff and has achieved Albert certification for greener ways of working. The BBC also work collaboratively with their entire supply chain to educate everyone they work with about sustainable practices. Central to the BBC however is their viewers and so the entire organisation aims to demonstrate the need to live more sustainable lifestyles through all their programmes. Find out more here.

 

Finally a big thank you to all of our sponsors, members and supporters. This vital network is at the heart of everything we do and together we can be bold, innovative and have fun!


As an organisation, Cynnal Cymru is always keen to hear about exciting projects and innovations happening across Wales and we will be calling for applications for the 2017 Sustain Wales Awards from the end of May, so watch this space!

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Family Business Halen Môn Receives a 21st Birthday Present to Remember: The Queen’s Award

[:en]The family sea salt business, Halen Môn, is to receive the most coveted business award in the UK – The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in their 21st year of business.

The North Wales company’s core belief is that ‘small changes add up’ – and its continuous commitment to sustainable growth and the environment have helped to improve its commercial performance, culminating in Halen Môn receiving The Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development.

Halen Môn sell their award-winning sea salts all over the world to famous chefs and restaurants, but they believe the by-products – or as they prefer to call them ‘co-products,’ – of the salt-making process, are just as important. They are sold for uses as varied as Venus Flytrap food, fuel for model steam trains, cigar humidors, and supplements for race horses and even racing camels.

Environmental commitments include utilising the solar energy generated on site, planting a wildflower meadow to encourage wildlife, recycling old equipment to make business signage and using an old telephone box to grow chilli and tomato plants. The ‘Saltcote’ which houses their office and production, is clad in Welsh larch, which is baked using an innovative process at low temperatures for long term almost maintenance-free life.

Staff innovation includes a ‘good ideas bonus’ which sees employees receive a bonus in exchange for inventive ideas on how business performance may be improved. Recently, one employee suggested the removal of a pump in favour of gravity doing the work.

The company was set up because founders Alison and David Lea-Wilson fell in love with the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where they are situated. It makes sense then that they are committed to protecting the environment in any way possible.

The Lea-Wilsons work closely with the community. This includes their role as members of the Food and Drink Wales Industry Board and Cynnal Cymru/Sustain Wales. They also work with businesses in North Wales to share best practice and are founding members of the Fine Food Cluster, collaborating on projects such as energy saving measures.

“Winning The Queen’s Award is so encouraging for so many reasons – it is proof that actions we take as individuals all add up to something far greater than the sum of their parts,” said Alison Lea-Wilson.

She added, “On a personal note, it’s wonderful to win this Award, as my father won The Queen’s Award for Export some 30 years ago for selling fire engines abroad.”

Said David Lea-Wilson, “We are all extremely proud of this Award and see it as a reflection of our team as a whole. Every employee at Halen Môn has played their part in our success. Against an uncertain political backdrop concerning climate change, it’s really brilliant to see that the actions everybody in our company take every day are being recognised as worthwhile by Her Majesty The Queen.”

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the UK’s most prestigious business awards to celebrate and encourage business excellence and recognise outstanding achievement in the fields of International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development. Her Majesty announces the awards on her birthday – April 21st – and they are given on the recommendation of the Prime Minister and her Awards Assessment Team.

Said Lady Barbara Judge, Chairman of the Institute of Directors, “Starting a business is an inherently risky and difficult endeavour and those who suceed deserve the recognition they receive through this award. We should celebrate businesses of all shapes and sizes but particularly those that contribute to a more prosperous economy through innovation, international trade and sustainable development.”

The Queen’s Award – a crystal engraved bowl and scroll – will be presented later in the year by the Lord Lieutenant, Her Majesty’s highest representative in the county. David and Alison Lea-Wilson will be invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace later in the year.

Winners of The Queen’s Awards may use The Queen’s Awards Emblem in advertising, marketing and on packaging as a symbol of their quality and success for a five-year period, and during that period the Royal emblem and crown can be flown from a flagpole at the company’s headquarters.

Halen Môn have purchased a new flagpole for the occasion.


About The Anglesey Sea Salt Company/ Halen Môn

The Angelsey Sea Salt / Halen Môn story began 21 years ago with a saucepan of seawater on the Lea-Wilson’s family stove.

Today the company employs 23 full-time staff and its sea salt is enjoyed around the world by chefs, food lovers, and even former US President Barack Obama.

It has been served at the London 2012 Olympics, political summits and royal weddings, and is a vital ingredient in many other premium products including Green & Blacks chocolate and Piper’s Crisps.

Over 100 of the UK’s best delicatessens sell the multi-award-winning Sea Salt, and the company also supplies Marks and Spencer, Waitrose and Harvey Nichols.

Found in more than 22 countries, Halen Môn is the choice of some of the world’s top restaurants.

In January 2014 the company’s Sea Salt was awarded the prestigious European Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status – part of the Protected Food Name scheme which gives Angelsey Sea Salt/ Halen Môn Europe-wide legal protection against imitation or misuse, putting it amongst some of the most famous food products including Champagne, Parma Ham, Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef.

The company has won two other Sustainable business awards in the last two years: The Princes Business in the Community Environmental Leadership Award and the Cynnal Cymru Sustainable Business Award.

2015 saw the opening of Halen Môn’s £1.25 million award-winning Saltcote and visitor centre on the banks of the Menai Strait.

www.halenmon.com[:]

Sustain Wales Summit 2017

[:en]Last week Cynnal Cymru hosted the second Sustain Wales Summit in the Principality Stadium to an audience of businesses and social enterprises passionate about using innovation to develop a low carbon society. The conference was an opportunity for Wales to showcase world leading technology and new opportunities available to make Wales a sustainable nation.

We were honoured to host architect, entrepreneur and first elected Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson CBE as the keynote speaker. Ferguson opened the morning sharing his insights in to how he helped Bristol become the 2015 European Green Capital through innovative schemes across the city which aimed to help reduce emissions and support local communities. Delegates also heard from the Innovation Lead in Innovate UK about the support available for small businesses with new ideas for sustainable technologies or a new business plan.

The conference addressed three themes – Connected Communities sponsored by Enterprise, Urban Wellbeing sponsored by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and Buildings for the Future sponsored by Melin Homes which allowed our speakers to explain how their business or organisation have developed new business models, run new initiatives, introduced new schemes or products all in the name of sustainable development.

The Summit also provided an opportunity for our members and sponsors to exhibit their work to our 100 delegates to inspire others, build new business relationships and talk about the importance of sustainability.

We were honoured to have Jacobs as the main sponsor of the Summit. Director of Sustainability, Alan Hendry spoke about a new project in Neath Port Talbot looking at how the county borough council could achieve the effective implementation of smart/low carbon technologies.

It was great day which demonstrated the broad range of activities being undertaken by global organisations, small start-up social enterprises and sustainability champions which together will help Cynnal Cymru achieve our mission of achieving a more sustainable Wales and society for all.[:]

Don’t let climate change outsmart you: make your Earth Hour last all year

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Well-known baker Ian Cumming shares his smart resolutions for making Earth Hour last through 2017 and beyond.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour, which falls at 8.30pm on 25th March, Ian Cumming, well-known TV baker and travel photographer, has pledged to make his Earth Hour last all year. He’s come up with some easy, try-at-home resolutions to encourage others to do the same, using feedback from his smart meter as inspiration, and also developed a new energy saving recipe with the help of his smart meter.

From being innovative with natural heat sources, to using his smart meter to help reduce energy waste, Ian’s Earth Hour resolutions show that getting smart about climate change starts with small, thoughtful changes at home.

Earth Hour is a global environment movement run by WWF and volunteer organisations. It’s the world’s largest demonstration of support for action on climate change, and an inspiring reminder for people to take action on reducing their own carbon footprint.

Asking your energy supplier to upgrade you to a smart meter is an easy step to take towards protecting the planet. Smart meters show you how much gas and electricity you’re using in pounds and pence, giving you the information you need to make positive changes and reduce energy waste at home.

Smart Energy GB, the voice of Britain’s smart meter rollout, is encouraging people to sign up to a Twitter ‘Thunderclap’ to help make the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour count. The tweets will go out the day before Earth Hour, creating a tidal wave of reminders to go green and get a smart meter. Please sign up here and make sure your voice is heard.

 

Ian’s resolutions for making Earth Hour last all year 

  1. Be wise about warmth. I’m going to be more resourceful with heat this year – leaving the oven open as it cools, melting butter and defrosting bread in natural sunlight or on top of a radiator, and making use of steam generated from cooking. I’ve even been thinking about what I could cook in the natural warmth generated by my compost heap. 
  1. Cook smarter. This year I’m focusing on integrating lots of small energy saving tricks I’ve discovered with my smart meter, such as cooking pasta in pre-boiled water with the heat switched off, using pans with a bigger surface area, cooking whole meals in my slow cooker, and whipping up cakes and bakes in the microwave. 
  1. Mind your miles. I’m a travel photographer so it’s important I plan trips carefully to minimise air miles, and I use my bike or my own two feet as much as I can. This year, I’m going to buy more second hand clothes as the production and transport of goods has a high carbon impact. 
  1. Reduce waste. I think small habitual changes are most impactful, so I’m trying to knock a minute or two off my shower time, avoid leaving things on standby, update to LED light bulbs as the old ones run out, and use an electric blanket in the bedroom instead of a fan heater. 
  1. Be resourceful. Creativity is key when it comes to making positive changes, and enjoying the great outdoors is a good place to start. This year I’m going to experiment with some outdoor cooking methods, as well as continuing to dry clothes outside and growing my own vegetables when I can.

 

Ian’s energy saving mojito cake   

To enjoy during Earth Hour itself, Ian has developed a green-themed mojito microwave cake, which is the latest mouth-watering treat in his ongoing series of energy saving recipes.

The cake has an energy cost of 2p, and takes just two minutes to make in the microwave. The recipe can be found here.

Ian has used his smart meter to help him accurately test which cooking methods and techniques use the least energy and to give every one of his energy saving recipes its own energy cost. This new energy saving microwave cake is the perfect planet-friendly treat!

 

Ian Cumming said:

“I’ve always tried to be eco-friendly, but sometimes you need some visibility around your lifestyle patterns, and some inspiration to get started. When I upgraded to a smart meter last year – which shows me how much energy I’m using and how much it’s costing – it was a total revelation for my whole family.

“I’ve pledged to make my Earth Hour last all year, using information from my smart meter as inspiration, and hope to encourage others to do the same. I hope people enjoy making my energy saving mojito cake, as a fun and tasty way to save energy.”

 

Fflur Lawton, Head of Policy and Communications Wales at Smart Energy GB, said:

“Ian’s resolutions for Earth Hour are really imaginative and I’m thrilled that his smart meter has helped to inspire and inform him along the way. I’ll definitely be trying the energy saving mojito cake at home.

“More than eight in ten people with smart meters have taken steps to reduce energy use, so Earth Hour is a great opportunity to contact your supplier about arranging your upgrade.

“Smart meters lay the foundation for smarter energy grids, as well as being a unique platform for innovation across the industry. Embracing digital technology means we can all look towards a cleaner, greener Great Britain, with an efficient and intelligent energy system, and a reduction in CO2 emissions.”

 

Anne Meikle, Head of WWFCymru, said:

“Our Earth Hour campaign is all about encouraging action on tackling climate change.

“Across Great Britain, smart meters are already encouraging millions of unnecessary lights and screens to be switched off, and more thermostats to be kept in check. Requesting a smart meter from your energy supplier is a great step you can take towards reducing your carbon footprint.” 


 

About Ian Cumming

Ian Cumming was a finalist in the Great British Bake Off in 2015. He is also a travel photographer who has worked all over the world. Find out more at: icimages.com or follow Ian on Twitter at @iancpix.

Ian is very interested in sustainable food, green living, and reducing society’s impact on the planet. He’s also an inventive cook, who’s become known for finding new ways to do things in the kitchen.

 

About Ian’s energy saving recipes

Since upgrading to a smart meter as part of Great Britain’s national rollout, Ian has been exploring a range of ways to reduce the energy used to make tasty home-cooked food.

As with all his energy saving recipes, the energy cost for Ian’s energy saving mojito cake has been calculated in line with Ian’s chosen tariff and supplier at the time of development. Energy prices and tariffs vary.

 

About Earth Hour

Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 172 countries and territories worldwide. Earth Hour 2017 is on 25th March 2017, 8:30 pm.

 

About Smart Energy GB’s Twitter Thunderclap

Working with WWF, Smart Energy GB has set up a Thunderclap on Twitter to encourage people to ask their energy supplier about getting a smart meter to make their Earth Hour count. It’s a simple step people can take to go green and get their energy under control.

We are trying to get as many people as possible to sign up to increase the reach of the Thunderclap. A tweet will go out from all participants’ accounts the day before Earth Hour to raise awareness of the campaign, and the possibility of getting a smart meter.

Please sign up to the Thunderclap with Twitter and share with your networks.

 

About Smart Energy GB

Smart Energy GB is the voice of the smart meter rollout. It’s our task to help everyone in Great Britain understand smart meters, the national rollout and how to use their new meters to get their gas and electricity under control. Our national campaign is reaching all households and microbusinesses in England, Scotland and Wales. For more information visit our website smartenergyGB.org

 

About smart meters and the rollout

Smart meters replace the traditional meters we currently have in our homes. They enable accurate bills, near real time information on energy use in pounds and pence, and greater control over the way we buy and use energy. The smart meter rollout is an essential technology upgrade, unprecedented in its scale, to improve Great Britain’s energy infrastructure.

Almost 5 million smart meters have already been installed in homes and microbusinesses, and between now and 2020 every household in England, Scotland and Wales will be offered one at no additional cost. Contact your energy supplier today about installing your smart meter.[:cy]I ddathlu 10 mlynedd o’r Awr Daear, sy’n digwydd am 8.30pm ar 25 Mawrth, mae Ian Cumming, pobydd a ffotograffydd teithio adnabyddus ar y teledu, wedi ymrwymo i wneud i’w Awr Daear bara trwy gydol y flwyddyn. Mae wedi dyfeisio rhai addewidion hawdd y gellir rhoi cynnig arnynt gartref i annog eraill i wneud yr un peth gan ddefnyddio adborth o’i fesurydd clyfar fel ysbrydoliaeth, ac mae wedi datblygu rysáit gwyrdd sy’n arbed ynni hefyd gyda chymorth ei fesurydd clyfar.

O fod yn arloesol gyda ffynonellau gwres naturiol i ddefnyddio ei fesurydd clyfar i leihau gwastraff ynni, mae addewidion Awr Daear Ian yn dangos bod mynd yn glyfar am newid yn yr hinsawdd yn dechrau gartref gyda newidiadau bach meddylgar.

Mae’r Awr Daear yn arddangosiad mwyaf y byd o gefnogaeth dros weithredu ar newid yn yr hinsawdd, ac mae’n ffordd ysbrydoliaethus o atgoffa pobl i gymryd camau ar leihau eu hôl troed carbon eu hunain.

Mae gofyn i’ch cyflenwr ynni eich uwchraddio i fesurydd clyfar yn gam hwylus tuag at ddiogelu’r planed. Mae mesuryddion clyfar yn dangos i chi faint o nwy a thrydan rydych yn eu defnyddio mewn punnoedd a cheiniogau, gan ddarparu’r wybodaeth y mae ei hangen arnoch i wneud newidiadau cadarnhaol a lleihau gwastraff ynni gartref.

Mae Ynni Clyfar GB, llais ymgyrch cyflwyno mesuryddion clyfar Prydain, yn annog pobl i gofrestru ar gyfer ‘Taran’ ar Drydar i helpu gwneud i 10fed pen-blwydd yr Awr Daear gyfrif. Bydd y trydariadau’n mynd allan y diwrnod cyn yr Awr Daear, gan greu ton enfawr a fydd yn atgoffa pobl i fynd yn wyrdd a mynnu cael mesurydd clyfar. Cofrestrwch yma a gwnewch yn siŵr y cewch ddweud eich dweud.

 

Ymrwymiadau Ian ar gyfer gwneud i’r Awr Daear bara trwy gydol y flwyddyn 

  1. Byddwch yn ddoeth gyda gwres. Rwy’n mynd i fod yn fwy call gyda gwres eleni – gan adael y ffwrn yn agored wrth iddi oeri, toddi menyn a dadrewi bara mewn golau haul naturiol neu ar ben rheiddiadur, a defnyddio ager a gynhyrchir wrth goginio. Rwyf hyd yn oed wedi bod yn meddwl am beth y gallwn ei goginio yn y gwres naturiol a gynhyrchir gan fy nomen gompost. 
  1. Coginiwch yn glyfrach. Eleni rwy’n canolbwyntio ar integreiddio llawer o ddulliau arbed ynni bach rwyf wedi eu darganfod gyda fy mesurydd clyfar, fel coginio pasta mewn dŵr a ferwyd ymlaen llaw gyda’r gwres wedi ei ddiffodd, defnyddio padellau gyda mwy o arwynebedd, coginio prydau cyfan yn fy llestr araf a chreu teisennau a phobi yn y microdon. 
  1. Cofiwch y milltiroedd. Rwy’n ffotograffydd teithio felly mae’n bwysig fy mod yn cynllunio teithiau’n ofalus i isafu milltiroedd yn yr awyr, ac rwy’n defnyddio fy meic neu fy nau droed cymaint ag y gallaf. Eleni rwy’n mynd i brynu mwy o ddillad ail law gan fod cynhyrchu a chludo nwyddau’n cael effaith uchel ar garbon. 
  1. Isafwch wastraff. Rwy’n credu mai newidiadau bach mewn arfer yw’r rhai sy’n cael yr effaith fwyaf, felly rwy’n ceisio torri munud neu ddwy oddi ar yr amser yn y cawod, osgoi gadael pethau yn y modd parod, uwchraddio i oleuadau LED pan fydd y rhai hen yn methu, a defnyddio blanced drydan yn yr ystafell wely yn lle tân bach. 
  1. Byddwch yn ddyfeisgar. Mae creadigrwydd yn allweddol o ran gwneud newidiadau cadarnhaol, ac mae mwynhau’r awyr agored yn lle da i ddechrau. Eleni rwy’n mynd i arbrofi gyda dulliau coginio awyr agored, yn ogystal â pharhau i sychu dillad yn yr awyr agored a thyfu fy llysiau fy hun pryd bynnag y gallaf.

 

Teisen mojito arbed ynni gwyrdd Ian  

I’w mwynhau yn ystod yr Awr Daear ei hun, mae Ian wedi datblygu teisen mojito microdon â thema werdd, sy’n un o’r danteithion diweddaraf yn ei gyfres barhaus o ryseitiau arbed ynni.

Mae gan y deisen gost ynni o 1c, ac yn cymryd llai na dwy funud i’w wneud yn y microdon.

Mae Ian wedi defnyddio ei fesurydd clyfar i’w helpu profi’n gywir pa ddulliau a thechnegau coginio sy’n defnyddio’r ynni lleiaf ac i roi cost ynni i bob un o’i ryseitiau arbed ynni. Y deisen ficrodon werdd newydd yma yw’r danteithfwyd llesol i’r planed perffaith!

 

Meddai Ian Cumming:

“Rwyf bob amser wedi ceisio bod yn llesol i’r amgylchedd, ond weithiau mae angen gweladwyedd ar eich patrymau ffordd o fyw a rhywfaint o ysbrydoliaeth i gychwyn arni. Pan uwchraddiais i fesurydd clyfar y llynedd – sy’n dangos faint o ynni rwy’n ei ddefnyddio a faint mae’n ei gostio – roedd yn syndod llwyr i’m teulu i gyd.

“Rwyf wedi ymrwymo i wneud i fy Awr Daear bara trwy gydol y flwyddyn, gan ddefnyddio gwybodaeth o fy mesurydd clyfar fel ysbrydoliaeth, ac yn gobeithio annog pobl eraill i wneud yr un peth. Rwy’n gobeithio y bydd pobl yn mwynhau gwneud fy nheisen mojito arbed ynni gwyrdd fel ffordd flasus a llawn hwyl o arbed ynni.”

 

Meddai Fflur Lawton, Pennaeth Polisi a Chyfathrebu Cymru gydag Ynni Clyfar GB:

“Mae addewidion Ian ar gyfer yr Awr Daear yn hynod ysbrydoliaethus ac rwy’n hynod falch bod ei fesurydd clyfar wedi helpu i’w ysbrydoli a’i gyfeirio trwy gydol y daith. Byddaf yn rhoi cynnig ar y deisen mojito arbed ynni gwyrdd gartref yn bendant.

“Mae mwy nag wyth o bob deg o bobl sydd â mesuryddion clyfar wedi cymryd camau i leihau eu defnydd o ynni, felly mae’r Awr Daear yn gyfle gwych i gysylltu â’ch cyflenwr ynglŷn â threfnu’ch uwchraddiad.

“Mae mesuryddion clyfar yn gosod sylfaen ar gyfer gridiau ynni clyfrach yn ogystal â gweithredu fel llwyfan arloesedd unigryw ar draws y diwydiant. Mae cofleidio technoleg ddigidol yn golygu y gallwn i gyd edrych ymlaen at Brydain Fawr sy’n lanach ac yn wyrddach, gyda system ynni effeithlon a chlyfar, a gostyngiad mewn  allyriadau CO2.

 

Meddai Anne Meikle, Pennaeth WWFCymru:

“Mae ein hymgyrch Awr Daear yn ymwneud ag annog gweithredu ar fynd i’r afael â newid yn yr hinsawdd.

“Ledled Prydain Fawr, mae mesuryddion clyfar eisoes yn annog pobl i ddiffodd miliynau o oleuadau diangen ac i gadw llygad ar y thermostat. Mae gofyn am fesurydd clyfar gan eich cyflenwr ynni yn gam pwysig y gallwch ei gymryd tuag at leihau eich ôl troed carbon.”[:]

People of Wales to send giant message in bottle for Earth Hour

[:en]WWF-Cymru, the Welsh arm of the global conservation organisation, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour (the annual event that sees millions worldwide switch off their lights) this March, by helping the people of Wales to send a giant, eight metre message in a bottle to Welsh politicians and the world, calling for urgent national and global action on climate change.

Suspended from the Senedd building in the week running up to Earth Hour (March 25th, 8.30pm – 9.30pm) the installation, designed by artist Lulu Quinn, will symbolise the hundreds of messages gathered from across Wales online and face-to-face.

The Presiding Officer, Elin Jones AM, said:

“Sustainability features prominently within the National Assembly for Wales – both within the context of policy work undertaken by Committees scrutinising Government but also that the very building in which this work is carried out represents a practical expression of the Assembly’s commitment to sustainability.

“We strive to improve our environmental performance; not just by supporting Earth Hour each year, but making improvements like a 40% reduction in our energy footprint since 2008

“Of course, a key role of the Senedd is to represent the interests of Wales and its people. An eight metre giant sculpture, depicting the strength of feeling across Wales for climate change action, is not only apt but will be difficult to ignore by anyone, including our Assembly Members.  I very much look forward to its installation in the week running up to Earth Hour.”

WWF-Cymru has based its campaign on the age old, romantic practice, of sending a message in a bottle, which inspires action on the part of the person who finds the bottle to learn more about the sender and their wishes. WWF-Cymru wants Welsh politicians – who will receive this message – to be similarly energised, stirring within them a deep commitment to take urgent action on climate change.

“Climate change will have a massive impact on people’s lives here in Wales and around the world. So it’s great to see this strength of feeling physically dominating the Senedd building in the run up to Earth Hour” says Anne Meikle, head of WWF Cymru. “If you want to show your support, there’s still time to be part of the Message in a Bottle campaign because you can add your message online or do a selfie message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram”

Global temperatures have been rising for over a century, speeding up in recent years, and are now at their highest. 2016 was the hottest year on record, beating the previous two records of 2015 and 2014.

Worldwide, we’re experiencing record floods, droughts, superstorms and wildfires. Nearly one in six species are at risk from extinction due to climate change. In Wales, the communities we call home and our incredible nature are also at risk.

Support for Earth Hour has grown each year – with a record 178 countries taking part in 2016 – and 2017’s is set to be the biggest yet.

Last year, an estimated half a million people across Wales took part. In 2017, many iconic landmarks have already pledged to turn their lights out on the night – from Caernarfon Castle to Cardiff’s Principality Stadium. Over half of all Welsh local authorities have already signed up, along with 286 schools throughout the country.

#WWFMessageinaBottle is a project supported by the Arts Council of Wales and players of People’s Postcode Lottery, and WWF is inviting you to take part by writing your personal message. To submit your message on what action you want to see Wales take on tackling climate change, go online, visit: wwf.org.uk/messageinabottle[:cy]Mae WWF-Cymru, cangen Cymru o’r sefydliad cadwraethol byd-eang, yn dathlu degfed pen-blwydd Awr Ddaear (y digwyddiad blynyddol pan mae miliynau o bobl ledled y byd yn diffodd eu goleuadau) ym mis Mawrth eleni, trwy helpu pobl Cymru i anfon neges mewn potel enfawr wyth metr at wleidyddion Cymru a’r byd, yn galw am weithredu brys ar y newid yn yr hinsawdd yn genedlaethol ac yn fyd-eang.

Bydd y gosodwaith, sydd wedi’i ddylunio gan yr artist Lulu Quinn, yn hongian o adeilad y Senedd yn ystod yr wythnos cyn Awr Ddaear (Mawrth 25, 8.30pm – 9.30pm), yn symbol o’r cannoedd o negeseuon sydd wedi’u casglu o bob cwr o Gymru, ar lein ac wyneb yn wyneb.

Dywedodd y Llywydd, Elin Jones AC:

“Mae cynaliadwyedd yn cael sylw blaenllaw gan Gynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru – yng nghyd-destun y gwaith polisi a wneir gan y Pwyllgorau sy’n craffu ar y Llywodraeth, ond hefyd gan fod yr union adeilad lle caiff y gwaith ei wneud yn fynegiant ymarferol o ymrwymiad y Cynulliad i gynaliadwyedd.

“Rydym yn ymdrechu i wella ein perfformiad amgylcheddol; nid yn unig trwy gefnogi Awr Ddaear bob blwyddyn, ond hefyd trwy wneud gwelliannau fel lleihau ein hôl-troed ynni 40% ers 2008.

“Wrth gwrs, un o rolau allweddol y Senedd yw cynrychioli buddiannau Cymru a’i phobl. Nid yn unig mae’n briodol cael cerflun enfawr wyth metr sy’n dangos y teimladau cryfion sydd ledled Cymru am weithredu ar y newid yn yr hinsawdd, ond bydd hefyd anodd i unrhyw un ei anwybyddu, gan gynnwys ein Haelodau Cynulliad. Edrychaf ymlaen at weld y gwaith yn cael ei osod yn ei le yn yr wythnos cyn Awr Ddaear.”

Mae WWF-Cymru wedi seilio ei ymgyrch ar yr hen arfer rhamantaidd o anfon neges mewn potel yn ysgogi’r person sy’n dod o hyd i’r botel i ddysgu mwy am y sawl a’i hanfonodd a’i ddymuniadau. Mae WWF Cymru eisiau i wleidyddion Cymru – a fydd yn cael y neges hon – deimlo’r un cyffro, a chael eu symbylu i weithredu ar y newid yn yr hinsawdd.

“Bydd y newid yn yr hinsawdd yn cael effaith enfawr ar fywydau pobl yma yng Nghymru a ledled y byd. Felly mae’n wych gweld y teimladau cryfion hyn yn amlwg ar adeilad y Senedd yn y cyfnod cyn Awr Ddaear” medd Anne Meikle, Pennaeth WWF Cymru. “Os ydych chi eisiau dangos eich cefnogaeth, mae amser o hyd i chi gymryd rhan yn ymgyrch Neges mewn Potel oherwydd gallwch ychwanegu’ch neges ar lein neu roi neges hun-lun ar Facebook, Twitter neu Instagram”

Mae tymereddau byd-eang wedi bod yn codi ers dros ganrif, gan gyflymu yn y blynyddoedd diwethaf, ac erbyn hyn wedi cyrraedd eu huchaf. 2016 oedd y flwyddyn gynhesaf a gofnodwyd erioed, gan guro’r ddwy flynedd gynhesaf flaenorol, sef 2015 a 2014.

Dros y byd i gyd rydym yn gweld llifogydd, sychdwr, stormydd hynod bwerus a thannau gwyllt mwy nag erioed o’r blaen. Mae bron un o bob chwe rhywogaeth mewn perygl o ddifodiant oherwydd y newid yn yr hinsawdd. Yng Nghymru, mae’r cymunedau sy’n gartref inni a’n byd naturiol anhygoel mewn perygl.

Mae’r gefnogaeth i Awr Ddaear wedi tyfu bob blwyddyn – cymerodd 178 o wledydd ran yn 2016, nifer sy’n record – ac mae’n argoeli mai’r noson eleni fydd y fwyaf eto.

Y llynedd, amcangyfrifwyd bod hanner miliwn o bobl yng Nghymru wedi cymryd rhan. Yn 2017, mae llawer o adeiladau a strwythurau amlwg eisoes wedi addo diffodd eu goleuadau ar y noson – o Gastell Caernarfon i Stadiwm Principality yng Nghaerdydd. Mae mwy na hanner yr holl awdurdodau lleol yng Nghymru eisoes wedi cofrestru, ynghyd â 286 o ysgolion ledled y wlad.

Mae #NegesMewnPotel yn brosiect sy’n cael ei gefnogi gan Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru a chwaraewyr Loteri Cod Post y Bobl, ac mae WWF yn eich gwahodd chi i gymryd rhan trwy ysgrifennu’ch neges bersonol eich hun. I gyflwyno’ch neges ar y camau gweithredu yr ydych eisiau i Gymru eu cymryd i fynd i’r afael â’r newid yn yr hinsawdd, ewch ar lein i: wwf.org.uk/messageinabottle[:]

WWF’S EARTH HOUR 2017!

[:en]Cynnal Cymru will be once again supporting Earth Hour—the annual, global celebration of the planet.

At 8.30pm on Saturday 25 March 2017, we’ll be joining forces with landmarks across the globe like the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, Sydney Harbour Bridge, and New York’s Times Square by switching off the lights at our offices.

In 2017, Earth Hour marks its 10th year, and by taking part, we’re showing our commitment to taking action to tackle climate change.

Around half a million people in Wales participate in Earth Hour every year, and by taking part, they’re showing that they want to see action being taken to tackle climate change now.

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru, said:

“Cynnal Cymru is very proud to support WWF’s Earth Hour once again this year. Our organisation hase a big role to play in tackling climate change, so we’re looking forward to turning off the lights at Cambrian Buildings at 8.30pm on Saturday 25 March to show our support.”

Anne Meikle, Head of WWF Cymru, added:

“We’re delighted that Cynnal Cymru is supporting WWF’s Earth Hour again this year. Climate change will have a massive effect on people’s lives here in Wales and around the world. So it’s great that Welsh organisations are throwing their weight behind the call for action to tackle it.

“Everyone—from individuals and community groups, to schools and businesses—can sign up to Earth Hour by visiting www.wwf.org.uk/earthhourwales and then switching off their lights at 8.30pm on Saturday 25 March 2017.”[:cy] 

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Coffee – the second most traded commodity in the world! Coffee & Community shared learning event

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Last Thursday, Cynnal Cymru hosted our first shared learning event of 2017 around the theme of Coffee and Community. The event which took place in Cardiff Metropolitan University brought together three speakers around one key theme – Coffee and addressed the subject from three different angles – Source, Society and Ground.

 

Size of Wales

The first speaker was the Director of Size of Wales climate change charity, Claire Raisin who spoke about the supply chain of tea and coffee around the world. Size of Wales is a charity that aims to sustain a tropical rainforest twice the size of Wales, to prevent deforestation with the aim to mitigate climate change. Claire began the event by discussing the global consequences of actions taken by people in Wales demonstrating the power of the consumer. Claire promoted certifications which provide an accreditation for products which undertake ethical practices such as Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance. A commitment to purchasing Fairtrade coffee can have big consequences throughout the supply chain and improve the lives of coffee farmers in developing countries. The Welsh Government has been committed to purchasing Fairtrade since 2008, when Wales became the first Fairtrade nation. This has consequently led to Ferrari’s, the oldest coffee company in Wales sourcing Fairtrade Coffee to supply the coffee for the Welsh Government. Many developing countries throughout the world rely on coffee production for a significant proportion of their income, in fact 125 million people throughout the world relying on coffee for their livelihoods however the profit is not fairly distributed throughout the supply chain. Coffee is a very susceptible to weather, disease and climate change and therefore Size of Wales support specific projects around the world. One of their projects is in Mbale in East Uganda where agriculture is their primary economic activity and 80% of the population live in poverty. Size of Wales works with MBALE Coalition Against Poverty to support female coffee growers to work and bring in an income so they can have a say on how their family income is spent.  Climate change, deforestation and coffee are inexplicably interlinked. At current rates, we will continue to need more land to grow coffee which is likely to cause deforestation. It is therefore important to make informed decisions about the coffee we purchase every day.

 

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Coffee-caps

Cardiff Metropolitan University have taken the initiative to try and reduce the amount of coffee cups sent to landfill. After it was revealed in 2016 that only one in 400 coffee cups are recycled in the UK as coffee cups consist of a difficult-to- recycle mix of paper and plastic, the university has decided to introduce refillable cups. Every year the UK throws away about 2.5 billion coffee cups so they are encourage students to purchase and then reuse a plastic reusable cup on campus. Students and staff who purchase the cups and bring a clean cup with them to the shops on campus will receive a 10% discount on the tea and coffee purchased. The catering team and sustainability group within the university hope this will reduce the waste that is sent to landfill. They achieved a first in the People and Planet green league last year, coming first for the most sustainable University in Wales.

 

Green Cup

Green Cup are a full service coffee supplier which operate under a circular economy framework – they roast the coffee and recycle the products. From its inception, Green Cup coffee wanted to take responsibility for their supply chain. Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world after oil with individuals in the UK drinking on average 3kg each of coffee a year. One cup of coffee produces 50g worth of Carbon Dioxide with most of the CO2 being produced during the growing process.  The business focus of Green Cup is recycling the coffee waste and upcycle the waste in to materials and products that will last a long time. Google were Green Cups first client where a Coffee Laboratory was set up in the offices with coffee machines and tables made out of recycled coffee beans. Customers of Green Cup also include pubs in the Gower in Wales and Wyevale Garden Centres across the UK where the cafes have been transformed in to a space where people understand where their coffee comes from and how to use the waste products. Green cup is an entirely different coffee company that encourages suppliers to look at the whole picture of coffee and embrace doing things differently.

Attendees at the event included business owners of local coffee shops around Wales, university and college catering teams and biotech companies interested in finding out more how to undertake more responsible and sustainable practices. The event was one of the shared learning events hosted by Cynnal Cymru on current, relevant issues in Wales and provided an opportunity for discussion and networking. The Coffee event was recorded by BBC Radio Wales and a radio show about coffee presented by Simon Wright will be on Radio Wales on Saturday 22nd November.

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A Living Planet, a Sustainable Economy?

[:en]WWF’s recent Living Planet Report found that humans are putting wildlife and the natural environment under incredible pressure. If we don’t do something about it now, we could see a 67% decline in vertebrate species by 2020.

This is as much a problem here in Wales as it is anywhere. Other recent reports, like the State of Nature report, found that a third of Wales’ priority species declined during the past decade.

Tackling this problem means we need to change the way our economy works.

WWF Cymru is organising an event to discuss how Wales can respond to this challenge, and build an economy that uses our planet’s resources sustainably and efficiently.

Kindly sponsored by Huw Irranca-Davies AM, the event will take place in The Pierhead, Cardiff Bay, between 12.00 and 1.15pm on Tuesday 13 December 2016.

To find out more and send an RSVP, visit their website.

LPR-event-1-EN[:cy]Daeth Adroddiad Planed Fyw diweddar WWF i’r casgliad fod dynolryw yn gosod pwysau aruthrol ar fywyd gwyllt ac ar yr amgylchedd naturiol. Os na gwnawn ni rywbeth am hynny nawr, gallem weld gostyngiad o 67% mewn rhywogaethau fertebraidd erbyn 2020.

Mae hynny’n gymaint o broblem yma yng Nghymru ag unrhyw le arall. Daeth adroddiadau eraill, fel yrAdroddiad ar Sefyllfa Byd Natur, i’r casgliad fod traean o rywogaethau Cymru sy’n flaenoriaeth wedi gostwng yn ystod y degawd diwethaf.

Mae mynd i’r afael â’r broblem hon yn golygu bod angen newid y ffordd mae’n heconomi’n gweithio.

Mae WWF Cymru’n trefnu digwyddiad i drafod sut all Cymru ymateb i’r her hon, ac adeiladu economi sy’n defnyddio adnoddau naturiol ein planed yn gynaliadwy ac yn effeithlon.

Trwy nawdd caredig Huw Irranca-Davies, cynhelir y digwyddiad yn Y Pierhead, Bae Caerdydd, rhwng 12.00 ac 1.15yp ddydd Mawrth 13 Rhagfyr 2016.

I gael rhagor o wybodaeth ac i anfon RSVP, ewch i’w gwefan.

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