Transport and Mobility

Riversimple hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicle

Riversimple – The car that will transform personal transport

Riversimple have completely turned the conventional business model on its head, with a new business proposition to offer for their innovative technologies. They do not sell cars and never will.

They are making electric cars powered by hydrogen rather than batteries because they believe they have a vital role to play in decarbonising transport as quickly and effectively as possible. The only emission from our cars is water.

Most importantly, Riversimple will not be selling cars. Their vehicles will be offered to customers on a subscription-only basis. One all-inclusive, cost-transparent monthly payment will cover all costs, including insurance and fuel.

As a business they want to make sustainability profitable – the longer the cars last, the more efficient they are, the more profitable they will be.

Gavin Mcauley Community Development Coordinator and volunteers from the Cambrian Village Trust.

New community space in the heart of the Valleys

TfW has collaborated with Alun Griffiths Ltd and the Cambrian Village Trust in the heart of the Valleys to transform a disused area into a green space for growing produce and improving biodiversity.

It’s been made possible thanks to funding from the Local Places for Nature scheme from the Welsh Government and The National Lottery Heritage Fund. It’s part of a larger £100,000 grant-funded Green Routes project to enhance biodiversity at 22 stations and in five community areas.

The Green Routes Project

Across the 22 stations, this will include the introduction of green features, including green walls, pollinator-friendly planters and wildlife boxes, designed to boost and enhance biodiversity in and around station habitats creating wildlife corridors connecting these habitats to the wider landscape and surrounding ecosystems. All the features contribute to increased resilience of our natural environment, support nature recovery, and improve areas for pollinators helping to halt and reserve their decline.

Through this fund, TfW is also working in collaboration with five community partners within one mile of a station to enhance communal green spaces and establish ‘green routes’ between these community areas and stations.

Alana Smith, Sustainable Development Officer at Transport for Wales, said: “The Green Routes funding is meant to try and connect people to the nature on your doorstep, in communities.

“We decided to try and go for this pot of money to try and enhance nature and biodiversity in communities near our train stations.

“We’re delighted with the success of the project with the Cambrian Village Trust.”

The Cambrian Village trust already runs a range of outdoor activities, local events and workshops at its centre next to a lake in Tonypandy and was looking to develop its site further for the benefit of the community.

Gavin Mcauley, Community Development Coordinator at the Cambrian Village Trust, said: “During lockdown the space was an empty blank canvas and we wanted to develop the facility to allow the community to have a space of their own.

“My idea was that people would be able to grow their own produce, cook their own produce and then sit down and eat together as a community.

“We got in touch with Transport for Wales and they were talking about the project and that we would have some planters and an allotment space and we wanted to develop that idea.”

Jeannie Jones, a volunteer with the Cambrian Village Trust, added:

“It’s very exciting and we’re fortunate because the lakeside is such a beautiful area.

“Then we got this facility right on our doorstep to enhance it. These projects can benefit so many people. They can dip in and out as they need and the community spirit is excellent.

“It’s nice for us to get together and help one another. We thoroughly enjoying it and feel fortunate to have this here.”

For further information about Transport for Wales’ work in communities visit

Sinclair Group Drives Ahead with Carbon Literacy

Coinciding with the opening of the COP26 global climate summit in Glasgow, the event was hosted by sustainable development company Cynnal Cymru, the official Welsh partner of the Carbon Literacy Project, as part of a day to catalyse action on climate change.

Nine senior representatives from the Sinclair Group undertook a bespoke training course at the National Botanic Garden of Wales in Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, where they gained a better understanding of the impact of greenhouse gases and the effects of climate change together with an appreciation of the company’s own footprint and the influence this has on the local environments around its 21 dealerships and much further afield.

They are the first business in Wales to engage with the Carbon Literacy Project at a senior management level and the only motoring group so far. The Sinclair Group represents a number of motor manufacturers that are already taking significant strides towards an emission-free future with the electrification of their vehicle ranges. By 2025, Audi will offer more than 20 models with all-electric drive and estimates around 40 per cent of its sales will be for electrified models, whilst by the same date, Mercedes-Benz will produce electric-only vehicles as it gets ready to go all-electric by 2030.

Meanwhile as the decade draws to a close, Volkswagen intends to have increased the share of its all-electric vehicle deliveries to more than 70 per cent across Europe. From Brecon to Neyland, Sinclair employees are also making a difference following the appointment of ‘eco-champions’ at each site to co-ordinate colleague suggestions for green initiatives that can be introduced across the Group.

As a result, solar panels have been installed on the roofs of 10 of the Group’s dealerships to convert the sun rays into electricity. The company has also switched its energy supply to providers using renewable sources. Other ideas include the introduction of meat-free Mondays to encourage staff to opt for vegetarian/vegan options at the start of each working week, the use of china cups in showrooms instead of plastic or paper alternatives to reduce waste levels and the installation of recycling stations in every location.

“In partnership with the manufacturers, we recognise that as a retailer we have a responsibility to do all we can to best protect our environment and offset carbon. It is our aim to see an 80% reduction in our carbon footprint by 2035 and to be carbon neutral as an organisation by 2050”

“Our colleagues across the group are already making progress but, as Directors, we want to demonstrate our commitment too and, following our involvement in the Carbon Literacy Action Day, each of us has made a pledge that includes giving our customers access to electric courtesy cars, improving our provisions to car sharing and investing in ethical pension funds.”

“We want to inspire our staff to understand climate change, their role in it and to take positive action at home and at work. That way we can make a positive difference together.”

During their training session, the Sinclair Group received a virtual visit from the Carbon Literacy Project to share the actions resulting from their day of learning with over 30 other leading UK businesses participating in similar events around the country.

Andy Sinclair, Sinclair Group Managing Director

Cynnal Cymru has trained 548 people since they first introduced Carbon Literacy in Wales in 2017. Up until now, they have primarily provided this type of training for the leadership of local authorities but this is the first time that a course has been delivered for the executive directors of a leading Welsh business.

Lead trainer and Principal Consultant, Rhodri Thomas, explained:

“It’s not easy for executive teams to find the time to ask for training. It shows a level of humility, but it is also bold. In fact, it’s a sign of true leadership – being willing to learn in order to improve, innovate and ultimately succeed.
“The Sinclair Group recognises that this is a hugely significant moment for the motor industry. We must stop using fossil fuels – petrol and diesel, but can we really expect people to give up the convenience and freedom of personal mobility? We are on the verge of a revolution in transport and the Sinclair Group wants to lead the way by providing solutions for customers but also ensuring that their own behaviour is exemplary. Carbon Literacy is the perfect tool for bringing about this profound change in business culture.”

Rhodri Thomas, Lead Trainer and Principal Consultant, Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales

The National Botanic Garden of Wales provided a fitting location to host the landmark event.

“It was great to welcome the Sinclair Group to the Botanic Garden and help celebrate a real ‘first’”

“We were delighted they chose us as the venue for their milestone ‘seize-the-day’ moment.”

Huw Francis, Director, National Botanic Garden of Wales

Sustainable transport and active travel

We rely on transport as part of daily life; whether to get to work, school, hospital, or leisure activities. Relying on fossil fuel powered cars as our main mode of transport can have negative implications on our health and well-being due to high levels of air pollution, low levels of physical activity, and stress.

Transport emissions from fossil fuels contribute towards climate change and can increase air pollutants. In 2014, 12.77% of greenhouse gas emissions in Wales were from transport; amounting to 5.92Mt CO2e.

Climate change related extreme weather patterns may increase the frequency of which transport infrastructure will need to be repaired or replaced.

Redesigning our transport infrastructure to support active forms of travel can increase community cohesion and improve health and well-being.

There is potential to increase green jobs through renewable fuel technology development and implementation.

What the public sector is doing:

World / Europe:
The EU has a strategy for ‘low-emission mobility’ which sets out priorities of increasing transport efficiency, low-emission energy technology, and zero-emission vehicles take-up.

The UK government has a report outlying future transport plans; ‘ Low Carbon Transport: A Greener Future – A Carbon Reduction Strategy for Transport (2009)‘.

The Welsh Government has put in place an ‘Active Travel Act (2013)’ and an‘Active Travel Action Plan’ to help get Wales cycling and walking.

The Welsh Government has recently consulted on ‘ A Clean Air Zone Framework for Wales’ designed to advise local authorities on how to reduce air pollution from transport and other sectors.

What the third sector is doing:

Community transport providers enable isolated or disabled people to remain connected to their community.

Living Streets Wales also campaigns for better opportunities for walking and challenges the dominance of cars on our streets.

Sustrans Cymru has a number of resources and campaigns to encourage active travel and safer streets
– their ‘Bike Life Cardiff’ report sets out the challenges and opportunities for active travel in Cardiff.

How you can make a difference:

Reduce your car use where possible by working from home, taking public transport, or by cycling or walking to your destination.

Avoid flying and if you must fly consider off-setting emissions by contributing to tree planting projects.

Develop a travel plan for your work or project and consider joining an electric vehicle car club.

Join a local walking group to enjoy the benefits of this free, low-impact exercise or consider setting yourself an ‘Active Travel’ goal for health reasons.

Future Generations Commissioner urges Welsh Government to deliver on a green recovery budget


● Carbon neutral housing and green jobs for people unemployed by pandemic are crucial to reset the economy and ‘build back better’
● Sophie Howe has outlined the five spending priorities Wales needs to be considering now – and calls for an urgent green stimulus package to help the country’s long-term recovery
● Government’s supplementary budget on Wednesday needs to signal investment that prioritises a better quality of life in the future

Green jobs for the unemployed and a multi-million pound package to decarbonise housing should be central to how Wales is reshaped in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, says the Future Generations Commissioner. 

Sophie Howe says we have  a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to reset Wales’ economy and is calling for  “visionary ideas and transformative investment” in the nation’s recovery plan. 

The commissioner has published a series of recommendations for Welsh Government as it announces its first Supplementary Budget, detailing how funding will be allocated during and after the crisis.  

The Welsh Government budget has increased by more than 10% for the current financial year – £2.4bn will be allocated to support Wales with its COVID-19 efforts. 

Ms Howe said: “The pandemic has brought incredible challenges, but how we recover gives us a once-in-a-generation opportunity. 

“The budget must signal a change in direction to reset our economy and remedy past failures with bold, collaborative, inclusive thinking and political courage. 

“It needs to address health, the economy and the ongoing climate and nature crises for the sake of Wales’ long-term future. We need a new definition of prosperity, based on well-being, and a fairer, greener way of living.” 

The commissioner, whose role is to protect future generations from the political actions of today, says in a paper that ministers must now show political courage with a focus on quality of life over GDP,  as the country begins the rebuilding process while restrictions remain in place to stem the spread of COVID-19. 

More investment in the low-carbon economy is crucial, and in the short-term, Ms Howe suggests those who have lost jobs and income in the pandemic could be reskilled and employed in the green economy. 

Among her recommendations is a multi-million pound stimulus package to support the decarbonisation of Wales’ housing stock – putting money into new low-carbon affordable housing and launching a national retrofitting programme to improve energy efficiency in existing homes. 

The benefits to people’s health, the environment, the jobs created and – crucially – Wales’ housing stock, would, says Ms Howe, far outweigh the estimated cost of more than £500m a year. 

As thousands remain working from home – taking pressure off transport networks and reducing carbon emissions – the commissioner wants investment to improve digital connectivity. 

Ms Howe applauded Welsh Government’s £25m commitment to fund transport improvements for pedestrians and cyclists by local authorities across Wales, and said it must form part of a long-term plan. 

It comes as moves to pedestrianise the centre of Bristol have been unveiled as part of its response to the COVID-19 crisis. The city is also engaging residents in planning new ways to use existing spaces – with emerging ideas including the pedestrianisation of entire dual carriageways. 

Elsewhere, Milan – one of the most congested cities in Europe – is transforming 35km of streets into ‘future zones’, where people can walk and cycle safely. 

Resources should also be shifted so Wales’ natural habitats can be restored, with green corridors linking the country and more investment in the new national forest being planted. 

Such thinking, says the commissioner will not only help wildlife, but can assist flood defences and the nation’s capability to face the challenges of climate change and create jobs. 

Ms Howe wants the Government to use the Well-being of Future Generations Act legislation along with her new Future Generations Report and  10-point plan for funding the climate emergency, in its response to the crisis. 

The Future Generations Report suggests Welsh Government works with public bodies to deliver 20% tree canopy cover in every town and city in Wales by 2030. 

Ms Howe said: “Our pre-Covid 19 economy prioritised economic growth, forced many people into poverty, and in turn created an unhealthy population that is particularly susceptible to global crises such as pandemics. 

“It’s vital that the budget addresses things we can’t afford to ignore – such as the current health crisis, the economic crisis the pandemic has triggered and the ongoing climate and nature crises. 

Wales has the opportunity to lead the way with visionary ideas and transformative investment, to a future based on well-being, using our unique Well-being of Future Generations Act as a framework. 

“I’m keen to work with partners and organisations to support Welsh Government in developing a response to the crisis which allows Wales to build back better.” 


The Future Generations Commissioner’s five recommendations… 

1.Develop an economic stimulus package that leads to job creation and supports the decarbonisation of homes, through building new low carbon affordable housing and investing in a national programme to improve the energy efficiency of existing homes. 

2.Invest in better ways to connect and move people through improving digital connectivity, active travel and public transport.

3. Invest in skills and training to support the transition to a better future, creating new greener jobs.

4.Invest in nature and prioritise funding and support for large-scale habitat and wildlife restoration, creation and connectivity throughout Wales –including for natural flood defences, to implement the new national forest, and to ensure land use management and agriculture supports secure local food chains and distribution.

5. Invest in the industries and technologies of the future, and support for businesses that will help Wales to lead the low carbon revolution and lock wealth and jobs into local areas with investment in the foundational economy. 

To read the full statement, visit the Future Generations Commissioner’s website.


Mae tai carbon niwtral a swyddi gwyrdd i bobl sy’n ddiwaith yn sgil y pandemig yn hanfodol ar gyfer ailosod yr economi ac ‘adeiladu nôl yn well’.
● Mae Sophie Howe wedi amlinellu’r pum blaenoriaeth gwariant sydd angen i Gymru eu hystyried yn awr – ac yn galw am becyn ysgogi gwyrdd ar frys i helpu adferiad hirdymor y wlad.
● Mae angen i gyllideb atodol y llywodraeth ar ddydd Mercher nodi buddsoddiad sy’n blaenoriaethu gwell ansawdd bywyd yn y dyfodol.

Dylai swyddi gwyrdd i’r diwaith a phecyn gwerth miliynau o bunnoedd i ddatgarboneiddio tai fod yn ganolog i’r ffordd y mae Cymru’n cael ei hail-lunio yn dilyn pandemig coronafirws, meddai Comisiynydd Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol. 

Dywed Sophie Howe fod gennym “gyfle sy’n digwydd unwaith mewn cenhedlaeth” i ailosod economi Cymru, ac mae’n galw am “syniadau gweledigaethol a buddsoddiad trawsnewidiol yng nghynllun adfer y genedl. 

Mae’r comisiynydd wedi cyhoeddi cyfres o argymhellion ar gyfer Llywodraeth Cymru wrth iddynt gyhoeddi eu Cyllideb Atodol gyntaf, sy’n rhoi manylion am y modd y bydd cyllid yn cael ei ddyrannu yn ystod ac ar ôl yr argyfwng. 

Mae cyllideb Llywodraeth Cymru wedi cynyddu o fwy na 10% ar gyfer y flwyddyn ariannol gyfredol – dyrennir £ 2.4bn i gynorthwyo Cymru gyda’i hymdrechion COVID-19. 

Dywedodd Ms Howe: “Mae’r pandemig wedi dod â heriau anhygoel, ond mae’r modd yr ydym yn ei oresgyn yn rhoi i ni ‘gyfle sy’n digwydd unwaith mewn cenhedlaeth. 

“Rhaid i’r gyllideb nodi newid cyfeiriad i ailosod ein heconomi a datrys methiannau’r gorffennol gyda meddwl beiddgar, cydweithredol, cynhwysol, a dewrder gwleidyddol. 

“Mae angen iddi fynd i’r afael ag iechyd, yr economi ac argyfyngau parhaus yr hinsawdd a natur er mwyn dyfodol hirdymor Cymru. Mae arnom angen diffiniad newydd o ffyniant, yn seiliedig ar lesiant, a ffordd decach, wyrddach o fyw”.  

Mewn papur a ysgrifennwyd gandddi dywed y comisiynydd yn ei rôl fel amddiffynnydd cenedlaethau’r dyfodol rhag gweithredoedd gwleidyddol heddiw, bod yn rhaid i weinidogion yn awr ddangos dewrder gwleidyddol gan ganolbwyntio mwy ar ansawdd bywyd na Chynnyrch Domestig Gros, wrth i’r wlad gychwyn ar y broses ailadeiladu tra bo cyfyngiadau yn parhau yn eu lle i atal lledaeniad COVID-19. 

Mae mwy o fuddsoddiad yn yr economi carbon isel yn hanfodol, ac yn y tymor byr, mae Ms Howe yn awgrymu y gallai’r rhai sydd wedi colli swyddi ac incwm yn ystod y pandemig gael eu hailsgilio a’u cyflogi yn yr economi gwyrdd. 

Ymhlith ei hargymhellion mae’n nodi pecyn ysgogi gwerth miliynau o bunnoedd i gynorthwyo datgarboneiddio stoc dai Cymru – gan ariannu tai fforddiadwy carbon isel newydd a lansio rhaglen ôl-osod genedlaethol i wella effeithlonrwydd ynni mewn cartrefi presennol. 

Byddai’r manteision i iechyd pobl, yr amgylchedd, y swyddi sy’n cael eu creu ac – yn hollbwysig – stoc dai Cymru, meddai Ms Howe, yn gorbwyso’r gost amcangyfrifedig o fwy na £ 500m y flwyddyn. 

Wrth i filoedd barhau i weithio gartref – gan leihau’r pwysau ar rwydweithiau trafnidiaeth a lleihau allyriadau carbon – mae’r comisiynydd eisiau buddsoddiad ar gyfer gwella cysylltedd digidol. 

Cymeradwyodd Ms Howe ymrwymiad £ 25m Llywodraeth Cymru i ariannu gwelliannau trafnidiaeth i gerddwyr a beicwyr gan awdurdodau lleol ledled Cymru, a dywedodd fod yn rhaid i hyn fod yn rhan o gynllun hirdymor.  

Fe ddaw wrth i symudiadau i bedestreiddio canol Bryste gael eu datgelu fel rhan o’u hymateb i argyfwng COVID-19. Mae’r ddinas hefyd yn ennyn diddordeb preswylwyr wrth gynllunio ffyrdd newydd o ddefnyddio lleoedd sy’n bodoli eisoes – gyda syniadau sy’n dod i’r amlwg yn cynnwys pedestreiddio ffyrdd cerbydau deuol cyfan. 

Mewn mannau eraill, mae Milan – un o’r dinasoedd â’r mwyaf o dagfeydd yn Ewrop – yn trawsnewid 35km o strydoedd yn ‘barthau’r dyfodol’, lle gall pobl gerdded a beicio’n ddiogel.  

Dylid symud adnoddau hefyd fel y gellir adfer cynefinoedd naturiol Cymru, gyda choridorau gwyrdd yn cysylltu’r wlad a mwy o fuddsoddi mewn plannu’r goedwig genedlaethol newydd.  

Bydd meddwl yn y modd hwn, medd y comisiynydd, nid yn unig yn helpu bywyd gwyllt, ond yn atgyfnerthu amddiffynfeydd llifogydd a gallu’r genedl i wynebu heriau’r newid yn yr hinsawdd a chreu swyddi. 

Mae Ms Howe eisiau i’r Llywodraeth, yn eu hymateb i’r argyfwng, ddefnyddio deddfwriaeth y Ddeddf Llesiant Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol ynghyd â’i Hadroddiad Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol newydd a’i chynllun deg pwynt ar gyfer ariannu’r argyfwng hinsawdd 

Mae’r Adroddiad Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol yn awgrymu bod Llywodraeth Cymru’n gweithio gyda chyrff cyhoeddus i gyflawni 20% o orchudd canopi coed ym mhob tref a dinas yng Nghymru erbyn 2030. 

Dywedodd Ms Howe: Roedd ein heconomi cyn COVID-19 yn blaenoriaethu twf economaidd gan orfodi llawer o bobl i dlodi, a arweiniodd yn ei dro at boblogaeth afiach sy’n arbennig o agored i argyfwng fel pandemig.  

Mae’n hollbwysig bod ein cyllideb yn mynd i’r afael â phethau na fedrwn fforddio eu hanwybyddu – megis yr argyfwng iechyd presennol, yr argyfwng economaidd a sbardunwyd gan y pandemig ac argyfwng parhaus yr hinsawdd a natur. 

Rwy’n awyddus i weithio gyda phartneriaid a sefydliadau i gynorthwyo Llywodraeth Cymru i ddatblygu ymateb i’r argyfwng a fydd yn caniatáu i Gymru ‘adeiladu nôl yn well’. 


Pum argymhelliad Comisiynydd Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol… 

  1. Datblygu pecyn ysgogi economaidd sy’n arwain at greu swyddi ac sy’n cynorthwyo datgarboneiddio cartrefi, drwy adeiladu tai newydd carbon isel fforddiadwy a buddsoddi mewn rhaglen genedlaethol i wella effeithlonrwydd ynni cartrefi presennol.
  2. Buddsoddi mewn gwell dulliau o gysylltu a symud pobl, drwy wella cysylltedd digidol, teithio llesol a thrafnidiaeth gyhoeddus.
  3. Buddsoddi mewn sgiliau a hyfforddiant i gynorthwyo’r trawsnewid i well dyfodol, gan greu swyddi newydd gwyrddach. 
  4. Buddsoddi mewn natur a rhoi blaenoriaeth i ariannu a chymorth graddfa fawr i adferiad cynefinoedd a bywyd gwyllt, creu a chysylltedd ledled Gymru – yn cynnwys ar gyfer amddiffynfeydd llifogydd naturiol, gweithredu’r goedwig genedlaethol newydd a sicrhau bod rheoli defnydd tir ac amaeth yn cynorthwyo sicrhad cadwyni bwyd lleol a dosbarthu. 
  5. Buddsoddi yn niwydiannau a thechnolegau’r dyfodol, a chynorthwyo busnesau, a fydd yn helpu Cymru i arwain y chwyldro carbon isel a chloi cyfoeth a swyddi mewn ardaloedd lleol gyda buddsoddiad yn yr economi sylfaenol. 


Decarbonised and Inclusive Mobility in a Post-pandemic World

It is widely acknowledged that we have less than a decade to fundamentally transform society to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate change impacts. In response to the commitments made to the COP21 Paris Agreement, governments have set out bold and necessary decarbonisation targets. In the face of a global economic recession we can build back stronger – and in doing so embed sustainable practices to contribute to decarbonisation. As the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the UK, how can the transport sector play its part in decarbonisation, while embedding inclusive access to mobility?

When we choose to travel

It should not have required a pandemic to force a greater take-up of remote working and video conferencing, but as an intervention it has certainly been effective in illustrating the viability of reducing business travel, while increasing opportunities for connection. Continuing such practices could reduce the aggregate need for travel. We may also see a temporal shift in mobility patterns due to the greater adoption of flexible and remote working, which could remove or reduce the ‘rush hour’ – positively impacting both climate change and local air quality through a reduction in congestion.

Flexible and remote working has been proven to contribute to equality, diversity and inclusion. At the same time, improved use of technology is are enhancing inclusivity by removing barriers to participation – for example, Arup’s  Virtual Engage tool has removed the need for stakeholders to travel to consultation events, while maintaining the traditional ‘community hall’ concept and feel. There are myriad ways in which technological solutions can be adopted to promote connection and engagement, which can be a great ‘leveller’, with greater flexibility for those with caring responsibilities, or those less able to travel for any reason.

How we choose to travel

We are seeing the emergence of new perspectives on likely modal shift and behavioural changes in how we chose to travel as a result of the pandemic. Accelerating the shift towards active travel and public transport, rather than private passenger vehicles is at the top of the decarbonisation agenda, as laid out in the Department for Transport’s Decarbonising Transport document. Whether we can adopt the scale of reduction in car travel observed in lock-down is questionable, but not an excuse for inaction.

Active Travel

Policy makers have an opportunity to nudge behaviour towards active travel through interventions such as safer cycling and walking infrastructure. This can capitalise on the momentum created by behavioural change observed during lockdown. The Greener Grangetown project in Cardiff, has re-designed the streetscape around green infrastructure and reduced traffic. Integral to the project are rain gardens, street trees, seating, cycle parking and bike hire docks, creating an interesting and engaging place to walk, cycle and spend time. Residents and community groups have been encouraged to get involved with planting flowerbeds, embankments and rain gardens and help to care for the areas, enhancing the sense of community. Increased community pride and social interaction has been shown to help reduce crime and antisocial behaviour. The scheme exemplifies the interconnectedness between active travel, and the wider community. We can take inspiration from this and further projects where this is evidenced.

Public Transport

Public transport providers face significant challenges emerging from the Covid-19 crisis. In a decarbonised society, public transport must, alongside active travel, be the primary means of travel. This will in turn contribute to tackling inequality, by providing enhanced services for those with the greatest need.

There is the potential, post-Covid-19, to see the rise of demand-responsive models (which could also be designed around social distancing). Arup’s guidance report You’ve declared a climate emergency… Next steps: Transport includes a case study on Bwcabus – a demand-responsive bus service developed in partnership between public sector and transport service providers in Carmarthensire and Ceredigion. Passengers book journeys in advance over the phone and are collected from their nearest bus stop or their home if they have a disability. 51% of users stated they now use public transport more frequently and 81% of car owners stated they used their car less since the introduction of Bwcabus. This type of initiative, alongside digital initiatives (such as public transport apps), alongside further integration of different modes of travel and payment platforms, offer opportunities to improve the user experience and nudge behaviour towards public transport, at the same time as enhancing accessibility.

Decarbonising road travel

Private vehicle transport, where it remains, will be characterised by a shift towards electrification. Public investment in charging infrastructure is essential and has started happening at pace to keep up with projected demand and to inspire consumer confidence to make the switch.

Understanding the type of charging required, and where it needs to be, is linked to demographics and inclusivity. Electric vehicle users can charge at home, on the street, at destination, or en route – with each type of location likely to offer different charging speeds. Early adopters of electric vehicles have been stereotyped as those who can afford a Tesla – typically white, middle-aged and male. To represent the need for future charging infrastructure in this way as electric vehicles start to permeate into the mass market would be a misjudgement. As 30% of UK housing stock does not have off-street parking, many people will need on-street charging facilities to charge near their homes. In other circumstances, access to parent and child or mobility parking spaces might be needed alongside charging, and it should be recognised that the needs of users are not mutually exclusive. The London Electric Vehicle Taskforce is keen to highlight in its delivery plan that to increase consumer confidence, access to public charge points must include priority groups that need extra support. It is too early to judge the successful adoption of this approach, but it is intended that forthcoming Welsh Government Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy, supported by Arup, will consider these priorities when investing in electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Now is the time to grasp the opportunity to build back better mobility solutions, that are sustainable, inclusive, and that make a real contribution to our decarbonised future.

This article has been written by Helen Westhead from ARUP as part of our weekly Cynnal Coffee Club conversations, to share learning and explore positive actions we can take forward to ensure a more resilient and sustainable future.

Helen leads the Environment team at Arup in Cardiff, delivering projects, policy and strategy to drive decarbonisation in response to the climate emergency. She works across discipline boundaries, to align low carbon mobility with energy, and is currently supporting Welsh Government and Transport for Wales to deliver electric vehicle charging.


Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists, working across every aspect of today’s built environment. Together we help our clients solve their most complex challenges – turning exciting ideas into tangible reality as we strive to find a better way and shape a better world.

Wales: A Manifesto for Walking


Public health. Air pollution Climate change. Transport. These are all big issues in the 2021 Senedd Cymru elections.

The next Welsh Government will be elected in 2021. This is the time to ensure that creating a better walking environment and investing in our neighbourhoods is a top priority for the future Welsh Government. In the run up to the election Living Streets Cymru will be campaigning to make sure that walking is a top priority for our future leaders. Please help us shape our campaign by telling us about the issues that matter to you. Survey will close on 28 February 2020.

Find out more about the Living Streets survey.[:]

Sustainable Academy Awards 2019 shortlist announced


We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Sustainable Academy Awards – celebrating sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership from across Wales. 24 finalists across eight categories have been chosen by our expert judging panel to go through to the public vote.

The Awards recognise the amazing people, projects and initiatives that are contributing towards the seven National Well-being Goals and the five Ways of Working described in the Well-being Future Generations Act.

Our judging panel included Rhodri Thomas, Cynnal Cymru; Rhys Jones, Renewable UK; Angharad Davies on behalf of EDF Energy; Nia Lloyd, Keep Wales Tidy; Ruth Marks, WCVA; David Brown ARUP and Petranka Maleva, Future Generations Commissioners Office.

The judges were particularly looking for projects and initiatives that clearly delivered on the principles of the Well-being of Future Generations Act as well as looking for examples that captured the imagination by going above and beyond.

Public Vote is now open!

Now it is over to you the public to help decide who will be this years winners. The public vote will count towards 60% of the overall score and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Thursday 28 November.

We hope you will be inspired by by our 24 finalists and please take the time to vote for your favourites in each category.

You can vote for your favourites until Wednesday 06 November.


Outstanding Renewable Energy – Sponsored by Welsh Government

  • BCB International Ltd – FIREDRAGON as a sustainable Ethanol based solid fuel
  • Innogy – Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm
  • Egni Coop – Community owned solar

Outstanding Social Enterprise

  • Credu Charity Ltd – SeaQuest Coastal Science and Education Programme
  • Greenstream Flooring
  • RCMA Social Enterprise – Real Food! Real Life!

Sustainable Business

  • The Digital Pattern Library – accessible, sustainable fashion for all
  • Dyfi Distillery – Bringing gin production close to home
  • Oseng-Rees reflection – artisan interiors and architectural installations

Sustainable Community – Sponsored EDF

  • Sustainable Community at Cardiff Met University
  • Under the Bridge – Milford Youth Matters
  • Recycle4charity – Pembrokeshire Care, Share and Give

Sustainable Education or Training

  • Black Mountains Land Use Partnership – Mountain and Moorland Ambassadors
  • Severn Wye Energy Agency – Our Future’s People
  • Size of Wales & WCIA – MockCOP

Sustainable Procurement or Supply Chain – Sponsored ARUP

  • ARIA Bridal – Designing in sustainability from the start
  • Aberystwyth University – BEACON More taste, less salt, healthier lives
  • WRAP Cymru – Public Sector Sustainable Procurement Project

Sustainable Venue or Space – Sponsored by CECA Wales

  • Newydd Housing Association / Eggseeds -The Solar Powered Bench
  • LINC Cymru – Growing Green Spaces
  • SPECIFIC, Swansea University / BIPVco – Active Buildings

Sustainability Champion

  • Rachel Roberts
  • Meleri Davies
  • Paul Allen


Cardiff Public Sector Organisations sign Healthy Travel Charter


Fourteen leading public sector organisations based in Cardiff signed the newly developed Healthy Travel Charter, committing themselves to supporting and encouraging their staff and visitors to travel in a sustainable way to and from their sites.

Through fourteen ambitious actions, the charter promotes walking, cycling, public transport and ultra-low emission vehicle use. The actions include establishing a network of sustainable travel champions, developing targeted communications campaigns for staff, offering and promoting the cycle to work scheme and increasing the availability of video-conferencing for meetings to reduce the number of journeys staff need to make across sites.

Between them, the organisations will commit to reducing the proportion of journeys commuting to and from work made by car from 62% to 52%, increasing the proportion of staff cycling weekly to and from work from 14% to 23%, and increase the proportion of vehicles used during the day which are plug-in hybrid or pure electric from 1% to 3% by 2022.

Organisations which signed the charter at a launch event at Cardiff City Hall were Cardiff Council, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Natural Resources Wales, South Wales Fire and Rescue, South Wales Police, HM Prison and Probation, Welsh Government, National Assembly for Wales, Sport Wales, Public Health Wales, HM Revenue & Customs, National Museum for Wales, Welsh Ambulance, and the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner. Together, these organisations employ over 33,000 members of staff in the city of Cardiff, whom they will be encouraging to make a healthy and sustainable change to the way they travel.

Air pollution in parts of Cardiff exceeds EU legal limits, increasing the risk to health, with road transport responsible for around 80% of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) measured at the roadside. Long-term effects of air pollution include increased rates of lung disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer. By working together with a view to the long-term, public sector organisations in the City aim to increase the proportion of journeys made to and from workplaces which are sustainable, reducing the impact on the environment and health of people in Cardiff for current and future generations. The public sector in Cardiff employs almost one in three adults in the City.

Cllr Huw Thomas, Leader of Cardiff Council and Chair of Cardiff Public Services Board said “We are delighted that members of Cardiff PSB, along with other public sector organisations in the City, are joining together to make this important series of pledges to support people to travel more sustainably in our City. As a Council we are committed to cleaning the air in Cardiff and are currently consulting on our Clean Air Strategy, which includes measures to improve the active travel infrastructure in the City and reduce emissions from public transport.”

Maria Battle, Chair of Cardiff and Vale UHB and Vice-Chair of the Public Services Board said “Increasing the number of journeys made on foot, by bike and by public transport, is vital to improving the health of citizens in Cardiff, and reducing dangerous air pollution. The Health Board fully supports the Charter and is in the process of expanding our popular Park and Ride service for University Hospital Wales, and will shortly introduce a similar service for University Hospital Llandough.”

For more information on the Charter please visit the Keeping Cardiff Moving website.[:]

The Future of Mobility

The strategy also contains details of the next steps for the government’s Future of mobility grand challenge.

Alongside the strategy, the Department for Transport (DfT) has published the summary of responses to its Future of mobility call for evidence.

Although not overly relevant to us here in Wales from a policy point of view, there are lots of lessons to be learned on the future of mobility and issues of air quality, active travel and the South Wales metro area. It can be used to look at the problems surrounding current transport trends and ideas for the future including case studies.

The document states the below definitions which are useful in this context:

Active travel: The terms ‘active travel’ and ‘walking and cycling’ are used in this document
to encompass a range of methods of active mobility, including trips made by wheelchair,
mobility scooters, adapted cycles and e-bikes.

Car clubs (sometimes known as car-sharing): Car clubs use electronic systems to
provide customers unattended access to cars for short-term rental, often by the hour.
Business models can be categorised into round-trips, where the vehicle must be returned
to its home station, and flexible, which allows one-way trips. Vehicles may be owned by
individuals and lent out on a peer-to-peer basis via an intermediary platform, or form part of
a fleet owned by a single organisation.

Demand responsive transport: A flexible service that provides shared transport in response to requests from users specifying desired locations and times of pickup and delivery. Dial-a-ride services scheduled through next day or advance bookings are a traditional example.

Dynamic demand responsive transport: More recent applications of demand responsive transport seek to work dynamically, adjusting routes in real time to accommodate new pickup requests often made minutes in advance.

Fractional ownership: An ownership model that involves a group of people purchasing or
leasing a good (such as a vehicle) and splitting the costs.

Micromobility: The use of small mobility devices, designed to carry one or two people, or
‘last mile’ deliveries. E-scooters and e-bikes are examples.

Mobility as a Service: The integration of various modes of transport along with
information and payment functions into a single mobility service. Recent services that
allow customers to purchase monthly subscription packages giving them access to public
transport and private taxi and bike hire schemes are an example.

Ride-hailing: Ride-hailing services use smartphone apps to connect paying passengers
with licensed taxi drivers or private hire vehicle operators who provide rides for profit.
Ride-sharing (sometimes known as car-pooling): Formal or informal sharing of rides
between unlicensed drivers and passengers with a common or similar journey route.

Ride-sharing platforms charge a fee for bringing together drivers and passengers. Drivers share trip costs with passengers rather than making a profit.

Shared mobility: Transport services and resources that are shared among users, either
concurrently or one after another. Public transport, or mass transit, as well as newer models
such as car-sharing, bike-sharing and ride-sharing, are all types of shared mobility.

Current UK Car Statistics

  • 74% of adults have a driving license (80% of men and 69% of women)
  • 76% of households have access to a car (35% having two or more)
  • 61% of all personal trips are made by car (78% of personal trip mileage)
  • 85% of people travel by car at least once a week
  • 87% of people agree that they need to own a car in their current lifestyle
  • There are six cars for every ten people in the UK but the average car is unused 96% of the time.
  • Parking spaces occupy around 15-30% of a typical urban area

Air and Noise Pollution

Air pollution remains the top environmental risk to human health in the UK. It is worse in towns and cities and road transport accounts for 80% of nitrogen oxide concentrations at the roadside. The social cost of sleep disturbance, annoyance, and not to mention health impacts such as heart attacks, strokes and dementia from noise pollution was estimated at £7-10 billion in 2010.


The time lost as a result of congestion costs the UK economy approximately £2billion a year before we consider the serious environmental costs of driving that is not fuel-efficient in stop-start traffic.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Transport is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the UK, accounting for 27% of all emissions (road transport accounting for 91% of these emissions).

Health Issues

The lack of physical activity due to modern lifestyles and reliance on personal cars is a cause of obesity. Around 60% of adults in Wales are overweight or obese, with the UK currently having the highest obesity levels in Western Europe.

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