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.

Riversimple Appoint Juergen Maier as Commercial Partner Custodian Director

Maier joins the Welsh hydrogen car manufacturer as they approach volume production

Juergen Maier CBE joins Riversimple after retiring from Siemens a year ago. Maier is actively involved in roles that are focused on accelerating positive change – he is Chair of the Digital Catapult, Co-chairs Made Smarter and serves on the Industrial Strategy Council, which advises Government on Industrial Strategy.

He is also a strong advocate for the modern re-industrialisation of the North of England and is Vice Chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership. From his years at Siemens, Juergen has notable experience in collaborating with commercial partners in a wide number of fields, so he comes to the role with a great depth of understanding.

The Commercial Partners Custodian represents the interests of all commercial partners engaged with Riversimple, while also ensuring that Riversimple operates in a manner that is fully consistent with its purpose – namely to pursue, systematically, the elimination of the environmental impact of personal transport.

Working with commercial partners, Riversimple’s goal is ultimately to build up a network of relationships that are inherently aligned rather than competitive – and anchored in circular business models based on service rather than product sales.

Maier explains his interest in Riversimple:

My 33 year career has been characterised by technology disruption creating exciting new industries, supporting technology’s role in creating a more sustainable world, and all of that having a positive societal impact. I can’t think of another company that embodies all of this as well as Riversimple. I’m very much looking forward to working with an incredibly ingenious team, creating a new revolution in zero-carbon transport, and creating prosperity for society through that.

Estelle Clark, Steward for Riversimple, said:

“We can already feel the power and focus that Juergen brings to this role. It is a privilege to hear his fresh perspective on Riversimple’s plans and ambitions.”

Riversimple’s Chairman, Guy Battle, commented:

“Juergen’s role will become vital as we approach volume production. We are developing a nascent technology and that needs cooperation, trust and alignment among the players involved. We’re delighted to have such a strong team player at the heart of Riversimple’s value network.”

Launch of a Sustainable Transport Vision For a Post-lockdown Wales

As a coalition, they are committed to working with Welsh Government, Transport for Wales and Local Authorities to make the vision a reality for the people of Wales. In order to achieve the vision, they are calling for authorities to commit to the seven steps outlined in the report:

The vision can be downloaded here.

Cynnal Cymru supports the vision and would like to provide the following Comments:

“We applaud the collaborative efforts of Transform Cymru to highlight the need for a new direction in transport policy post Covid lockdown, but we want to add to the vision by directing attention to the ecological crisis which is often overlooked but no less important than the issues of climate change and clean air.

The lockdown has brought air quality to people’s attention. It has been widely noted and commented on that the air in cities has been much cleaner during the lockdown. In addition, wildlife has thrived in the absence of human beings.”

We would add another suggestion to the vision:

Build in ecological resilience

The lockdown has highlighted the importance of high quality, local green space for human well-being in addition to its importance for wildlife, and broader ecological resilience. We want local authorities to ensure that transport planning protects and extends these benefits, ensuring that any new developments contribute to nature recovery, reduce current inequalities in access to green space, and help more people connect with nature on their everyday journeys.

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

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


New Vacancies with Living Streets Cymru 

[:en]Living Streets are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to deliver their new three-year Cyfeillion Cerdded Cymru (Walking Friends Wales) project across south east Wales, our first major grant-funded project in Wales. Passionate about getting more older people walking in their local streets and re-connecting with their community, you will lead on recruiting volunteers so that together you can deliver engagement events, led walks and community street audits with small groups of people over the age of 50, empowering them to take action on the issues that prevent them from walking more.

They are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join our campaigns team as Engagement Manager to provide maternity cover for a fixed term period 12 months (with a possibility of extension after this period). You will play an important role in developing our growing community of Local Groups, members and supporters and will focus on supporting people across the UK to take action to create better streets in their area.

They also have a number of UK-wide vacancies which can also be based in our Cardiff office. They can all be found on the Living Streets website.[:]

Community Car-sharing with Hiya Car


Since 2016, we have been working with our partners and members to identify trends and opportunities that will make our transport system cleaner, safer, fairer and low carbon. The concept of “shared mobility” has evolved during this time and our latest member, Hiyacar, is offering a new take on an old idea. The established model of car hire, where people would rent cars from a company, has evolved to a new model which makes the most of the assets already in communities. Essentially, this is neighbour to neighbour car rental and Hiyacar provides the platform and safeguards that allow people to share cars with confidence.

Hiyacar’s goal is to give communities around the UK freedom at their fingertips: financial freedom for owners and the freedom to access a car when needed for hirers. Hiyacar has over 70,000 members across the UK and it is scaling to deliver the benefits of car sharing to communities and organisations around the country. This type of car sharing contributes to the goals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act by providing equality of opportunity to people who may not own a car but need to travel to, for example, job interviews or education/health services and cannot easily do so by public transport or active travel options.

Sharing also enables households to feel that they no longer need to own a second car, or even a car at all. Hiya car believe that car sharing also provides a lower carbon car solution as in time, less cars will be produced, total miles driven is normally reduced and, as mostly small, more efficient cars are used, less carbon is produced per mile driven. Employers can build on this by encouraging people to commute via public transport or active travel; then at work, employees who need to drive can use a vehicle owned by the organisation or alternatively can hire a colleague’s car (perhaps one who has to drive to work, perhaps providing “car pooling” lifts to colleagues when they do), which in turn can reduce the need for organisations to maintain a fleet  of “pool” cars.

Hiyacar is also strongly promoting electric vehicle sharing and offers commission free hires to anybody who shares their EV. Together with Hiyacar’s technology and the insurance provided for each hire even rural communities can benefit from safe and simple car sharing and access to EVs today, without any need for technology other than a mobile phone. The model may prove to be useful for communities that have their own renewable energy supply and can use local energy to power communal EVs. We also wonder if economically marginalised communities could benefit from this approach as it could provide additional income to households with no set up costs or commitments and provide a cheaper alternative to taxis.


The background to Hiyacar

Co-founders Graeme Risby and Rob Larmour first met aged 16 behind the deli counter in their local supermarket. They bumped into each other again by chance years later and the seed of Hiyacar was created.

Graeme worked long hours in the City and was very aware that his car cost him money just to sit on his drive being not so much an asset, but more of a liability. Paired with e-commerce expert Rob, the duo realised that a car-sharing app – think ‘Airbnb for cars’ – might offer a smarter, more sustainable way for people in the UK to hire rather than booking from a pool of corporate owned vehicles sitting on a forecourt or street.

The idea also responds to an increasing societal challenge; the loss of community. It’s a common held belief that there’s no sense of community spirit in the age of digital communication and people don’t know their neighbours anymore. Graeme and Rob strongly believe the sharing economy can help us regain our sense of community as we share our ‘stuff’ and help each other live smarter.


How can you share your car?

The barriers to car hire were both overcome when Hiyacar was founded – the transferring of keys used to be a hassle and people worried about how they or their car would be insured if there was an accident.

Hiyacar solved the key issue by implementing QuickStart, a keyless technology solution from their partners Contiental that allows owners to give access to drivers (who could be their family, neighbour or colleagues as well as a vetted member of the public) who request their car via a “digital key” on the driver’s Hiyacar mobile app. The insurance is enabled by a unique, comprehensive insurance policy developed with AXA that completely supersedes personal policies.

The platform continues to evolve and change. For example, ‘Mates Rates’ allows people to share cars with their family and friends at a discounted rate, without jeopardising the car owner’s own insurance.


In Summary

Hiyacar offers a new model for community mobility and a mechanism to turn cars from liabilities to assets. Core to this is Hiyacar’s game changing technology which simplifies and speeds up car sharing while removing old risks and barriers. Hiyacar will accelerate the pace at which peer to peer car sharing becomes a standard model.

Any community or organisation who would like to explore how car sharing can support their goals can just contact while any driver or owner can just go to and sign up sign up with code “cynnal” for £20 off a first hiya or £30 extra on a first share.[:]

Clean Air Day 2019 – What can I do about Air Pollution?


Clean Air Day Campaign

Clean Air Day is marked on the sustainability calendar annually. It is a chance to find out more about and raise awareness of air pollution and spur on action to make air cleaner for all.

It is celebrated on June 20th and you can join social media activity by tweeting #CleanAirDay and tagging @cleanairday into any content. You can also download a Resources Pack from the campaign website.

What is Air Pollution?

Air pollution is an umbrella term for various kinds of pollution in the air that can be inhaled by humans and animals and absorbed by their bodies. These types of pollution are generally broken up into particle pollution, gases, chemicals and mould. The main pollutants are carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, ground level ozone, particulates, sulphur dioxide, hydrocarbons and lead. 

You can read more about the different types here.

Levels of air pollution vary based on your location and the weather. Concentrations of air pollution are higher around the areas where the original pollution is caused – so in areas of heavy traffic, industry or farming, pollution will be more concentrated. It is also usually lower on the weekend than in the week as there are less people travelling for work during these times.

It is thought that air pollution is responsible for up to 36,000 deaths in the UK each year.

If you’d like to look into air pollution levels in your area – you can look it up using the Air Quality forecast from DEFRA. You can also set up alerts using this service for when high pollution levels are forecast. You may want to use this information to work from home if possible or avoid strenuous activity if you are part of an ‘at-risk’ group – such as being asthmatic.

The UK government has recently launched its Clean Air Strategy announcing that air pollution poses the biggest risk to public health in the UK after cancer, obesity and heart disease. This Welsh Government site takes a closer look at air quality in Wales. 

What can I do about it?

Simple steps can make a huge difference in making the air cleaner for all. The Clean Air hub breaks it down into

Cutting pollution at home

Cutting pollution in your neighborhood

and van fleet operators can sign up to the Clean Van Commitment 

Experts can answer your FAQs

Information taken from the Clean Air Hub co-ordinated by Global Action Plan 


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