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Community Car-sharing with Hiya Car

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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 phil@hiyacar.co.u while any driver or owner can just go to www.hiyacar.co.uk and sign up sign up with code “cynnal” for £20 off a first hiya or £30 extra on a first share.[:]

Job Opportunity | Living Streets Cymru

[:en]Living Streets wants to create a walking nation, where everybody has the chance to gain from the health and social benefits this simple act can bring. Walking is also a vital ingredient of successful communities. Walkable towns and cities are often more vibrant socially and economically. Living Streets manages innovative national projects, working with schools, communities and workplaces to encourage more people to walk short journeys.

They are looking for two creative and confident communications professionals to join a dynamic Policy and Communications team at Living Streets. As part of the team, you’ll play a key role in helping strengthen the voice for walking and ensuring their message is heard in Wales. You will be a member of the Policy and Communications department and work day to day with the Living Streets Cymru team.

To excel in this role, you’ll need to be organised, collaborative and resourceful and have a good understanding of a variety of communications channels specific to Scotland and Wales. You’ll work closely with our wider policy and communications, project delivery and commercial teams and play a central role in communicating the impact we’re having in our work throughout Wales. Your role will involve ensuring all our communications in Wales are on brand and our impact is reflected in the Welsh media. For Wales, fluency in writing and speaking in the Welsh language is a must. You will also help to raise our profile throughout Wales via smaller, targeted communications projects and wider stakeholder engagement.

Salary range: £26,519 to £33,513 per annum pro rata

Location: Cardiff

Hours: 17.5 hours per week (over 3 days a week)

Contract: Fixed term contract for 18 months from the start date

Closing date: 14 June 2019 (midday)

Interview date: w/c 24 June 2019 (exact dates to be confirmed)

Please send your application quoting reference Communications Coordinator (state the location) to recruitment@livingstreets.org.uk

If the candidate pack is required in an alternative format please contact Living Streets at recruitment@livingstreets.org.uk or 020 7377 4900.

Strictly no agencies.

CVs will not be accepted.

Download Application Documents[:cy]Living Streets wants to create a walking nation, where everybody has the chance to gain from the health and social benefits this simple act can bring. Walking is also a vital ingredient of successful communities. Walkable towns and cities are often more vibrant socially and economically. Living Streets manages innovative national projects, working with schools, communities and workplaces to encourage more people to walk short journeys.

They are looking for two creative and confident communications professionals to join our dynamic Policy and Communications team at Living Streets, one based in Scotland and one in Wales. As part of the team, you’ll play a key role in helping us strengthen the voice for walking and ensuring our message is heard in Wales. You will be a member of the Policy and Communications department and work day to day with the Living Streets Cymru team.

To excel in this role, you’ll need to be organised, collaborative and resourceful and have a good understanding of a variety of communications channels specific to Scotland and Wales. You’ll work closely with the wider policy and communications, project delivery and commercial teams and play a central role in communicating the impact we’re having in their work throughout Wales. Your role will involve ensuring all communications in Wales are on brand and impact is reflected in the Welsh media. For Wales, fluency in writing and speaking in the Welsh language is a must. You will also help to raise profile throughout Wales via smaller, targeted communications, projects and wider stakeholder engagement.

Salary range: £26,519 to £33,513 per annum pro rata

Location: Cardiff

Hours: 17.5 hours per week (over 3 days a week)

Contract: Fixed term contract for 18 months from the start date

Closing date: 14 June 2019 (midday)

Interview date: w/c 24 June 2019 (exact dates to be confirmed)

Please send your application quoting reference Communications Coordinator (state the location) to recruitment@livingstreets.org.uk

If the candidate pack is required in an alternative format please contact Living Streets at recruitment@livingstreets.org.uk or 020 7377 4900.

Strictly no agencies.

CVs will not be accepted.

Download Application Documents[:]

NUS Placements for Good – Take on a Student this Summer

[:en]Take on a Placement Student this Summer     

Be part of the National Union of Students’ new programme – Placements for Good.

Do you want to be part of a new and exciting pilot programme? Work with university level students and increase capacity to progress sustainability.

NUS are looking for forward thinking organisations who want to work with university level students for social, environmental and economic benefit. Join a network of organisations working to enhance partnership working with universities whilst exploring potential to make a positive impact through their work.

They will:

  • Take away the hassle of recruitment and ensure you are partnered with talented and highly motivated students
  • Support you and your placement student before (with pre-placement training), during and after the placement to make this a valuable opportunity for all
  • Work with you to design a programme of work that supports your organisation’s core business as well as increasing your capacity to progress the sustainability (environmental and ethical) impacts of your work.

Placement for Good works with local charities, public sector organisations and businesses to empower students from all backgrounds to innovate and progress sustainability through meaningful work placements. They are looking for organisations like yourselves to support this vision whilst benefiting from the fantastic contributions’ students can offer.

In 2019, they are working with Solent University Southampton, University Centre South Devon and University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s.

 

  • Placements to commence summer 2019
  • Applications open now

 

Use this link to access an overview of the programme, how it works and what it aims to achieve.

To register, please visit: http://forgood.nus.org.uk/placements

For more information or to discuss this further, get in touch with Meg – Senior Project Officer, Education for Sustainable Development: meg.baker@nus.org.uk

 You may also be interested in Dissertations for Good, here is an overview of membership for your information.

If you would like to talk further, please direct any questions to Meg (meg.baker@nus.org.uk)

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Womenspire 2019 – call for nominations

[:en]Womenspire recognises women’s achievements in every aspect of life, from personal achievements to outstanding contribution.

Chwarae Teg want to hear about as many remarkable women from across the nation as possible, so if you know an inspirational women, please nominate her today!

Not sure how to nominate? They’ve written some handy top tips to help you out.

Top tips!

Deadline for nominations is Thursday 14 March.

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[:cy]Mae elusen cydraddoldeb rhywiol flaenllaw Cymru yn dathlu llwyddiannau menywod o bob cefnir a chyfnod mewn bywyd ar hyd a lled Cymru.

Mae Chwarae Teg am glywed am gymaint o fenywod anhygoel o bob rhan o’r wlad â phosib, felly os ydych chi’n nabod menyw ysbrydoledig, enwebwch hi heddiw!

Ddim yn siŵr sut i enwebu? Dyma ambell air o gyngor i’ch rhoi ar ben ffordd.

 Cynghorion defnyddiol!

Dydd Iau 14 Mawrth yw’r dyddiad cau ar gyfer enwebiadau

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Networking Lunch and Learn with BIPVco

In January 2019 we held our monthly networking lunch in partnership with Cynnal Cymru member BIPVco. Guests enjoyed a short presentation before being given an exclusive tour of the factory in Newport, where they got to see first hand the different manufacturing stages of their innovative thin film technology.

The visit provided a great opportunity to see the different range of innovative products designed and produced in-house by BIPVco and MIPV, with the opportunity to ask questions about the technical capabilities and potential applications from buildings to mobile applications.

About BIPVco and MIPV

BIPVco is a Newport based manufacturer of innovative and leading edge building integrated photovoltaic systems.  BIPVco is committed to factory incorporation of PV functionality to the building fabric to drive quality, value, holistic / aesthetic  integration and superior performance. Collaborating with major building envelope substrate and component manufacturers, BIPVco is able to offer sympathetically integrated solar powered roof and wall solutions for residential, institutional and industrial buildings. The products are ideally suited for the UK climate with excellent low light performance. The adopted thin film technology also has the advantage of being light weight, flexible and able to take the building form. It also has inbuilt design features to avoid disproportionate loss of power under partial shading. Turning buildings into power stations without making them look like one.

MIPV is a Newport based manufacturer of thin film flexible solar panels specifically sized to suit a range of mobile applications ranging from leisure vehicles such caravans, motorhomes and boats, service vehicles such as ambulances, police cars and vans to transport fleets including trucks, vans and refrigerated containers. The light weight flexible modules can be easily integrated onto the body of the vehicle without spoiling the aerodynamic characteristics of the vehicle nor adding significant weight. The highly efficient modules can provide trickle charge, eliminate idling times (and associated pollution), provide cooling function to refrigerated vehicles and enhance mpg by reducing alternator load or extend battery range of EV vehicles. The uniqueness of the MIPV technology is that unlike conventional crystalline cells, the flexible thin film solar cells do not crack and fail prematurely in dynamic mobile applications.

Find out more about BIPVco on their website.


 About our Networking Lunches

Cynnal Cymru works in partnership with our members to provide a range of networking lunch experiences throughout the year. Each lunch is unique and takes place in a different venue, to give our members the chance to showcase their work to a new audience. Last year we were delighted to partner up with Ballet Cymru, WWF Cymru, WCVA, The Art of Sustainability and Constructing Excellence in Wales.

Our lunches are free to attend for Cynnal Cymru members and £9.99 for non members. This includes a delicious vegan/ vegetarian lunch. All our upcoming events are listed on our website.

If you would like to find out more about our membership or would like to co-host one of our future events, please get in touch.

Epic Sustainable Journey for Yellow Sub Geo

[:en]Alex Egan, from member organisation,  Yellow Sub Geo is embarking on an epic journey – a 1,500 km charity bike ride from London to the Mediterranean!

Yellow Sub Geo was created with the goal to make a difference. To do something bigger than themselves. And so they set the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (#UNSDGs or #GlobalGoals) as their strategic direction of travel, and began their journey to encourage and promote a more sustainable use of the planet through their business. With the ‘why’ in place; their purpose and direction of travel was so clearly defined, picking out the right commercial paths, or events to support became so much easier. And what better place to positively engage on sustainable development issues than at MIPIM, the largest gathering of the commercial property sector in the world, held annually in Cannes on the French Riviera. Alex,m also finds something quite satisfying about the idea of brazenly parking up their quirky little Yellow Sub next to the super-yachts in the harbour (metaphorically of course).

In keeping with their ethos, it is only fitting that they cut an alternative path to most of the rest of the 26,000 delegates and travel to MIPIM under their own steam, by bike and for charity. The cycle to MIPIM is an important part of their journey towards living and breathing the UN SDGs. If you don’t know what the Sustainable Development Goals are, please take do take a look (Goal #17 is all about sharing the Goals and creating partnerships). The cycle is organised by the charity Club Peloton in order to raise money for Coram, a children’s charity that has blazed the trail in delivering many of the Goals since 1739!

So, how hard will it be?

Starting in central London on the 7th March 2019 and finishing just 6 days later and 1,500 km away on the French Riviera, this is going to one serious adventure.They will need to be covering an average of 250 km (155 miles) per day, every day for 6 days, riding from 6:30am to after 10pm.

You can read more about Alex’s personal context, thinking behind the fundraising and special mentions here.

How YOU can help

Please help with the fundraising if you can by following the fundraising page link below – any and all donations very gratefully received.

Fundraising page

Please also follow Yellow Sub Geo on thier social media channels (Strava, Instagram, Linked-in, Facebook, Twitter) to keep up to date with progress.

#cycletomipim / #clubpeloton / #yellowsubgeo

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Green Drinks – celebrating entrepreneurial spirit!

[:en]On the 27th September we held our 5th Green Drinks networking event. Our wonderful hosts and Cynnal Cymru Member, United Purpose told a packed room about the work they are doing around the world to help communities develop resilience and new opportunities; improving health, developing jobs and prosperity and tackling the consequences of climate change. United Purpose’s CEO, Kathryn Llewellyn explained why the organisation had relocated to Cardiff and now benefits from partnership with many other like-minded organisations based in the capital.

This sense of Cardiff and Wales as being a place where Sustainable Development is understood and coherent with business culture and public policy was endorsed by our special guest, Jane Davidson, former Minister and now Director of INSPIRE at Trinity St. Davids University of Wales. She recalled the process the led from devolution to the establishment of the Well-being of Future Generations Act, and we were very grateful for her public recognition of the role Cynnal Cymru played in that evolution. Jane believes, like us, that Wales has everything needed to support entrepreneurial approaches to Sustainable Development across all sectors. She praised Cynnal Cymru for successfully re-inventing itself as a charitable enterprise and encouraged all members and partners of the organisation to be bold, demand more and continue working in partnership for a prosperous, fair society thriving in harmony with natural systems.

A fine example of this entrepreneurial spirit was given by Jon Davies, Director and founder of Lightology. The company is a member of Cynnal Cymru and has used its membership to network and establish meaningful partnerships. Lightology provide LED lighting solutions for all types of organisation, reducing budgets and carbon emissions by as much as 60%. We think Lightology are great – for their can do attitude, their restless search for low carbon solutions and for using the Cynnal Cymru membership to do successful business with like-minded organisations.

So we say to all sustainability entrepreneurs from the private public and voluntary sectors – come and join Cynnal Cymru! In this community you will find others like you who take a no-nonsense, practical approach to creating a biodiverse, cohesive, low carbon, fair, healthy, well-educated, resource efficient, responsible and resilient Cymru![:]

Lightology: 2 Years of Carbon Reduction

[:en]Members and sponsors of our September Green Drinks Event: Lightology were formed towards the end of 2016 by Energy Industry Professional, Jon Davies. After years of corporate life, he wanted to pursue his passion for sustainability – primarily carbon and waste reduction.

For years, Ofgem have driven energy companies to encourage energy efficiency in domestic situations – remember those horrible energy efficient light bulbs they gave away to be compliant? At the other end of the scale, ESOS was introduced to force larger companies of 250+ employees to think carefully about their impact on the environment.

But what about the SME element? 50% of the UK’s economy comes directly from the SME community. Jon thought there had to be a way to encourage this boiler-room of job and wealth creation to operate in a more sustainable manner. The key? Make it financially viable!

A model was built around the maturing technology of LED lighting. Working with full commerciality in mind, the goal was to create a lighting scheme that had a full Return On Investment of 4 years or under. This would be reduced further through tax offsets (Corporation Tax and ECA to name two) but even with that not factored, the business would have 10-16 years of enhanced efficiency, reduced bills, reduced maintenance costs and a more profitable bottom line.

The concept was further advanced by offering a finance package for those businesses without Capital Expenditure wants. A simple formula: –
(Savings from installation benefits) > (monthly payments for installation)
i.e. an immediate profitability increase with an accelerated benefit after the 4 year finance is settled.

But what about the Carbon?
For every kWh energy reduction, current estimates are that 0.35kg less Carbon Dioxide is emitted into the atmosphere. Thus far, Lightology’s installations have reduced annual energy consumption by 380,000 kWh which equates to a 133,000 kg Carbon reduction!
Plus, due to the fact that the installed fixtures will have a lifespan of up to 20 times that of the traditional fitting, that is thousands of kilos less waste to be disposed of. Waste that often contains toxic mercury.

And they are just getting started…

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Visit www.lightology.ltd to find out more.[:]

How United Purpose is leading the way in community-led and grassroots innovations

[:en]This September we are delighted to be holding our fifth Green Drinks networking event in partnership with Cynnal Cymru member, United Purpose. This unique evening event will be held on 27 September in United Purpose’s headquarters in Cardiff from 17:30 to 19:30pm. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear about their work first-hand as well as an opportunity to meet the team.

Here’s a short preview about the organisation:


 

Introducing United Purpose

United Purpose (UP) is a movement of people and organisations that strive to end poverty and inequality across the globe. We are a leader in community-led development and grassroots innovations. For over 40 years we have worked with frontline activists, community organisations and individuals to support people to gain agency over their own lives – so they can move beyond aid.

We take this approach because we believe a parent’s ability to feed, educate or keep their child healthy should never be dependent on benevolence or charity, but always within their own control. We use innovation and creativity to make this happen, and we are not afraid to try new things, for better results.

We relocated our headquarters from Hereford to Cardiff in March 2016. As the only large international NGO headquartered in Wales, we are excited about all the opportunities that come with being based in the Welsh capital.

 

Linking communities in Wales and Malawi – through carbon

Patricia Chinyama lives in a small village in rural Malawi. Like many other women in her village, she attended one of United Purpose’s training programmes, where she learnt how to make fuel-efficient stoves from local materials and sell them to her networks.

United Purpose's fuel efficient stoves
United Purpose’s fuel efficient stoves

“Before I started making stoves, life was very hard, especially finding enough food and money,” says Patricia. “Some of my children had to drop out of school and, because of lack of food and clothes, we also had frequent outbreaks of disease.”

 

Doing good – for people and planet

Patricia is a member of one of the 65 stove production groups that UP has formed to empower people economically in Malawi. But this project doesn’t stop at providing local people and communities with income opportunities and eco-friendly stoves.

It also has an impact here in Wales.

Because these stoves are good for the environment (fewer trees chopped down, thus saving carbon), we were able to get this project accredited as a creator of Gold Standard carbon credits. We then invite organisations here in Wales and further afield to buy these carbon credits as a way to reduce their carbon footprint. The money they spend will be reinvested in our vital community development projects in Malawi.

As a charity, selling carbon credits provides us with a sustainable and viable income stream in an increasingly competitive funding environment.

 

From Wales to the world

At United Purpose, we encourage people to actively reduce their carbon footprint – whether it’s saving energy at home or choosing the most environmentally friendly mode of transport – but we recognise that in today’s modern world there are some activities we simply can’t avoid that emit carbon into the atmosphere.

That’s where carbon offsetting comes in. We believe it’s a way to take responsibility for our unavoidable carbon emissions. It’s definitely not the whole answer to beating climate change, but it is one important piece of the puzzle.

We are proud to be based in the Welsh capital and we are especially keen to encourage local organisations to work with us to reduce their carbon footprints and invest in their corporate social responsibility initiatives. Our ambition is to encourage people in Wales to become more climate-conscious and, at the same time, empower people like Patricia in Malawi to forge independent, prosperous and sustainable futures.

 

Find out more

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Visit www.united-purpose.org or follow us on Twitter at @United_Purpose[:]

Principality helps to build hospital orchard

[:en]More than 100 Principality colleagues will overhaul acres of overgrown land to help the health and wellbeing of patients, visitors and the local community in Llandough.

The ‘Ein Berllan – Our Orchard’ will be created on seven acres of semi-rural pasture and woodland which makes up part of the Llandough Hospital estate. With Llandough Hospital fast becoming a long- term recovery and rehabilitation hospital, the orchard will help patients enjoy fresh air, natural light, wildflower meadows and lots of wildlife.

Volunteering will include a range of gardening, including clearing, planting, weeding, and path building.

James Harper, corporate social responsibility manager, said:

“We are delighted to announce this exciting volunteering partnership with the University Hospital Llandough that will provide colleagues with our biggest outdoor make-over challenge to date. The entire project is all about boosting the health and wellbeing of patients and visitors at the hospital and the orchard will become a wonderful resource for the entire community.”

Simone Joslyn, Head of Arts and Health Charity said:

“Ein Berllan Our Orchard is an exciting project that will provide a unique outdoor space to our patients who attend University Hospital Llandough, some of which spend a lot of time recovering in a hospital environment. The outdoors provides a healing environment which can aid recovery and rehabilitation and improve health and wellbeing and Our Orchard will be the perfect place to assist this.

“We look forward to Principality joining us in helping to realise this vision and create an enjoyable space to benefit patients, staff, visitors and the local community in the future.

“We are grateful to all of our volunteers who are giving up their time to help out and also raising funds to enable us develop this space as no NHS funds will be spent on Our Orchard.”[:]

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