Sustainable Academy Awards

Sustainable Academy Spotlight Event Recap

Thank you to everyone that attended our Sustainable Academy Spotlight last week (03 December) in partnership with Renewable UK Cymru and to our past award winners Meleri Davies, Paul Allen and Grant Peisley and our headline sponsor, Sarah Williams, who all shared their progress over the past 12 months and insights into future ambitions and projects. 

Sarah Williams, Wales & West Utilities – Headline sponsor of Sustainable Academy Awards 

Sarah Williams shared Wales & West Utilities sustainable plan for the future, including four key business areas that Wales & West Utilities is currently developing: 

  1. Investing in green gases – hydrogen and biomethane
  2. Delivering a net-zero ready gas network by 2035
  3. Committing to zero to landfill by 2035 
  4. Increasing electric vehicle use

The organisation is keen to speak to any partners that would like to form a green panel. Please email if you’d like to be included.

Meleri Davies, Partneriaeth Ogwen – Winner of Sustainability Champion 2019 

Last year’s Sustainability Champion winner, Meleri Davies shared details of her hometown in the beautiful Ogwen Valley and the Partneriaeth Ogwen enterprise which seeks to bring together the economy, language and culture, the environment, society and sustainability. 

Over the past twelve months, the project has grown in strength and size, taking over the community library where various sustainable measures are in place, including edible plants on the land, utilising renewable energy and the use of an electric car.  

She shared more about Ynni Ogwen, which is a project that produces electricity from hydroelectric power from Afon Ogwen and finally, ideas for developing a future plan for sustainable tourism in the area. 

Learn more about their work here: 

Paul Allen – Centre for Alternative Technology – winner of the Special Award 2019 

Winner of the Special Award 2019 for his dedication and work with the Centre for Alternative Technology, Paul discussed the cycle of demand for renewable energy and the policies and measures that could be put in place for people to understand and action zero-carbon solutions.

He touches on the importance of Carbon Literacy training to all people in leadership in Wales and also the importance of citizen engagement with local Councils on the declaration of a climate emergency and related action plans. 

Click here to find out more about CAT’s work and Zero Carbon Britain. 

Grant Peisley, YnNi Teg – winner of Outstanding Renewable Energy Project 2018 

Our 2018 winner of Outstanding Renewable Energy Project, Grant Peisley, Director of the community wind turbine project YnNi Teg delves into the success of the project over the past 12 months. 

He shares that 2000 tonnes of Co2 has been saved since 2016 and that a total of 16,000 tonnes will be saved over its lifetime. Also, Grant shared the organisations latest campaign ‘pants powered by wind’ which received the away for Best Community Energy photo of the year.

YnNi Teg’s current goal is to develop more similar projects across Wales, starting with the Bretton Hall project which is in the works for 2023. Grant is working on raising £30million in order to complete the plan for building a solar farm. 

It was great to see so many faces to celebrate action towards a more sustainable Wales. We hope that next year we will be able to hold the Sustainable Academy Awards again. If you would like to keep up to date with the awards, please visit and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for regular news and updates.

The 2020 Living Wage Champion Awards are open!

[:en]We are delighted to announce that the 2020 Living Wage Champion Awards are NOW OPEN for individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Living Wage movement.

The awards are open to all accredited Living Wage Employers, Recognised Service Providers and individuals who have gone above and beyond to promote the real Living Wage. Have a look at the listed categories and the applicant guidance to ensure your nomination meets the criteria.

Applications close on 10 March, so make sure you get yours in shortly.

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Winners of Wales Sustainability Academy Awards announced


The winners of the Wales Sustainable Academy Awards were announced today at an Awards Ceremony in the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.  They included a University project that has used by-product from a popular food that can be used as a low salt flavour enhancer, a solar powered bench manufacturer, and a community company that put solar installations on nine Welsh sites.

Organised by Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru, with Wales & West Utilities as its headline sponsor, the Sustainable Academy Awards celebrates sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership across Wales; and recognises work being done by individuals, community groups and the public sector, as well as small and large businesses.


The nine category winners were:


Meleri Davies from Gwynedd



Newydd Housing Association / Eggseeds – Wales’ first solar powered bench

The bench is in the grounds of St Catherine’s Church in Pontypridd



Aberystwyth University – BEACON

More taste, less salt, healthier lives



Egni Co-op – Community owned solar



Oseng-Rees Reflection, Swansea


SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY sponsored by EDF Renewables

Under the Bridge – Milford Youth Matters – Milford Haven



Greenstream Flooring, Porth



Severn Wye Energy Agency – Our Future’s People – Powys



Paul Allen, Machynlleth


Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru, said:

“The Sustainable Academy Awards ceremony is the highlight of my year, to be surrounded by so many people and organisations working practically to build a sustainable Wales is such an honour. It is important we have this public platform to celebrate their successes, to make sure they get the recognition they deserve, and for the public to see some important advancements in sustainable products and projects around Wales.
I congratulate the winners, the finalists and every one working towards building a better world for future generations”.

Rhys Wyn Jones, Head of RenewableUK Cymru, said:

“This is my first experience of the Sustainable Academy Awards and it has been a privilege to be involved with them.  It is so fascinating to see the diverse range of projects that are happening.  Every entry is a fantastic demonstration of the sheer drive, enthusiasm and commitment that is helping to make Wales a world leader in working sustainability across a range of areas.  Special thanks must also go to our sponsors, without whom none of this would have been possible.”

Steven Edwards, Director of Wales & West Utilities, said:

“We are pleased to sponsor the Sustainable Academy Awards again this year. As an orgainsation working towards being zero carbon ready by 2035 we are keen to support and partner with other organisations working towards challenging sustainability goals. Only by working together can we achieve true sustainability.”


For more information on the Winners and Finalists, visit the website.[:]

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