Smart Cities Cardiff – A UK and global initiative comes to the capital of Wales.

[:en]Cynnal Cymru are proud to be co-presenting an event that aims to bring the public and private sectors together to explore the potential of Smart technology to deliver a modern, low carbon economy that delivers prosperity and wellbeing in a sustainable way.

The UK Government has agreed a £1.2billion City Deal for the Cardiff Capital Region in partnership with the Welsh Government and 10 local authorities. The Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) City Deal will deliver £1.2 billion of investment in the Cardiff Capital Region’s infrastructure through a 20-year Investment Fund. This provides the opportunity for ambitious, innovative development to meet huge topographical, demographic, environmental and economic challenges.

The premise for this event is that Smart technology has a key role to play in realising the ambitions of the CCR. Sheila Davies, Project Director, Cardiff Capital Region City Deal will reflect on this.

Pat Laughlin, CEO of the UKBCSD will explain how her organisation links cities in the UK to a wider global network of cities on the road to zero carbon. On the back of the CCR, Cardiff can join this network, taking the opportunity to collaborate with Smart cities like Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham.

The Welsh Government recognises the importance of smart technology: event sponsor PSBA is a partnership between BT, the Welsh Government and the public sector in Wales that uses digital communications technology to deliver public services in a more efficient and co-ordinated way. Chris Greenwood (PSBA) and Tom Baker (BT) will give an overview of the initiative and its future potential. Gwylim Owen from Cardiff Council will present an example of how Smart technology is being used at a local level to address emergency response and city resilience.

Eleanor Knight will speak on behalf of the Welsh Government. Her current role is assisting the Welsh Government Energy Advisor to develop the Smart Living Initiative to create a portfolio of innovative demonstrators which will influence and provide learning opportunities to help shape future thinking in this area. This initiative is backed up by innovation funding. Eleanor will explain how the door is open for businesses to work with the government in developing new ideas as demonstrators for Smart living. Alan Hendry of Jacobs UK and Chris Jones of Neath Port Talbot Council will report on how a public/private Smart Living partnership is already delivering results

Brian McGuigan of Silver Springs Network and Koshi Noguchi of Toshiba will give examples of how Smart technology is used in a commercial context while Prof. Calvin Jones and Dr. Crispin Cooper, leading researchers from Cardiff University’s Business School and Sustainable Places Research Institute, will offer analysis of the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Fflur Lawton, Head of Policy and Communications Wales for Smart Energy GB will explain how the roll out of Smart meters can benefit businesses and public alike.

Public-private partnership could be a defining feature of a future, low carbon, Smart economy for Wales that overcomes entrenched challenges and unleashes innovation and enterprise for the benefit of current and future generations.

When: Thursday 2 February 10:00 – 16:00
Where: University of Cardiff, Executive Education Suite, Postgraduate Teaching Centre, Colum Drive, Cardiff, Cf10 3EU


Low carbon lessons from nature


We can learn so much from nature. To find out what we can learn to help create a low carbon future we have decided to explore current research in the first of our two day event. Experts will present low carbon solutions from nature for urban regeneration and well-being, watershed management and ecosystem restoration, marine renewables, chemistry, natural capital and blue-green urban infrastructure.

The second day will examine the ‘internet of energy’, a greener, more reliable, and more efficient power supply. Research has already revealed opportunities for industry and the public sector to embrace new technologies to bring about a low carbon sustainable society.

We want more people to understand and contribute to a low carbon Wales and so this event is free to attend, thanks to the sponsorship of the Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment (NRN-LCEE).

6 & 7 July | Low Carbon Cymru Conference

Day 1: Nature-Based Solutions for a low carbon Wales
Speakers include:

  • Dr Nicola Beaumont, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Professor Ian Bryden, University of the Highlands and Islands
  • Professor Čedo Maksimović, Imperial College London
  • Dr Luise Noring, Copenhagen Business School
  • Professor Peter Pearson, Imperial College London
  • Professor Carolyn Roberts, Gresham College
  • Dr Duncan Macquarrie, Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, University of York

You can follow this link to find out more about the speakers.

Day 2: Smart Grid, Smart Living

Speakers include:

  • Mike Pedley, Head of Energy at Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water
  • Steven Edwards, Director of Regulation and Commercial at Wales and West Utilities
  • Professor Alan Guwy, Head of the Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC) at University of South Wales
  • Professor Iain Donnison, Leader of the Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Aberystwyth University
  • Tim James, Energy Manager at Port of Milford Haven
  • Paul Jones from SPECIFIC
  • Ivo Spreeuwenberg, National Grid
  • Phil Bowen, Cardiff University
  • Jon Maddy, South Wales University
  • Jianzhong Wu, Cardiff University
  • Ian Masters, Swansea University

The conference is free to attend but pre-registration through Ticketsource for day 1 and day 2 is mandatory.

Please click here to register for Day 1
Please click here to register for Day 2


Halon Mon salt pouches

How Halen Môn are combining traditional craft with innovative technology

Halen Môn sea salt is made from the clean, clear sea waters of the Menai Strait that surround the island of Anglesey. The end result? A product which can sit among the great Foods including Champagne, Parma Ham and Melton Mowbray Pork Pies.

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.

In 2014 Halen Môn was awarded Protected Designated of Origin (PDO) status by the European Commission, protecting the products under the Halen Môn name. Halen Môn is the first Welsh PDO. The protected status accolade legally recognises Halen Môn as having unique qualities due to its geographical location as well as the way it is made.

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 an electric water pump in favour of gravity doing the work. Key to the process is that that seawater is heated under a vacuum and the resulting steam is collected and turned into hot water. This then goes through a heat exchanger so the hot water warms the incoming seawater reducing energy consumption significantly. 40 photovoltaic solar panels were also installed onsite to offset carbon emissions in its ongoing campaign to reduce energy consumption per kilo of salt produced.

In 2016, Cynnal Cymru was pleased to present Halen Môn with the Sustain Wales Award for Sustainable Business, in recognition of their impressive commitment to reducing their carbon footprint, energy and water consumption whilst preserving and enhancing local biodiversity.

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 in 2017.

Nest Nyth – Branding and messaging for a new fuel poverty scheme

As part of the new scheme Cynnal Cymru, along with partners, was commissioned to create a new brand mark and communication messaging.

Through a series of interactive workshops, the bilingual branding, Nest – Nyth, was created, a reassuring brand which was designed to give the target audience confidence in the scheme.

Nest was a word chosen by people in focus groups to describe how they feel about their home. It was developed together with the bird box branding which is easily identifiable, bold in colour and has the comforting wording ‘Making Wales Cosy.’

Nest offers free advice about:

  • Saving energy
  • Money management
  • Making sure you’re on the best fuel tariff for you;
  • And whether you are entitled to any benefits to boost your income

The scheme can be accessed by visiting or calling freephone 0808 808 2244

This project was commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) and was managed by Cynnal Cymru in collaboration with Climate Outreach and branding design agency Hoffi.

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