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Welsh Water and Cynnal Cymru working together to create a more sustainable Wales

[:en]Welsh Water is proud to be sponsoring the first ‘Sustain Wales’ Awards to celebrate the fantastic work being done by individuals and organisations in Wales who work under the sustainable development umbrella.

Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales is the leading organisation for sustainable development in Wales, with over 12 years’ experience of supporting change for a sustainable future. The awards are a chance to reward and highlight the great things people and organisations are doing on sustainable development.

Welsh Water’s supplies safe and reliable drinking water to over three million customers every day, while taking away wastewater to treat, before it can be returned to the environment.  In providing these services, Welsh Water depends on a huge network of assets, most of which have extremely long lives meaning that the decisions taken today will have an important impact on customers, the economy and on the environment for many years to come.

Ensuring that the company has a long term plan to ensure they can continue to provide these services and be ready to tackle the challenges of an ever-changing environment is central to their long-term vision, ‘Our Sustainable Future’. This plan, originally published in 2007, outlines Welsh Water’s vision for the next 25 years and how they strive to provide better value for money for customers.

Welsh Water’s unique model not only benefits customers by ensuring all profits are reinvested in the business for the future benefit of customers, but also benefits the wider environment in its care communities. This includes delivering its best ever environmental performance in 2015, thanks to investment at its wastewater treatment works and sewer network.  These play an essential role in protecting the environment and improving bathing water quality and the investment helped Wales secure 41 Blue Flags.

The company is also leading the way in finding sustainable solutions to tackle challenges to environmental performance. With the company now generating around 25% of its energy needs from renewable sources on its various sites, it is also investing:

  • £40 million in our sustainable drainage programme – RainScape – in Llanelli and Gowerton which offers an innovative solution to tackle urban flooding and protect local communities
  • £24 million in transforming Five Fords wastewater treatment works in Wrexham, North Wales, into an innovative Energy Park – incorporating solar, advanced anaerobic digestion, wind and hydro generation schemes at the site
  • in managing 14 hydro turbines at various reservoirs across Wales – worth around £20 million – which has doubled the amount of renewable energy we generate, These hydro schemes produce 40GWh of energy which is enough to power 9,000 homes.

Welsh Water’s Chief Executive Chris Jones said: “We are delighted to be supporting Cynnal Cymru and the work they do in promoting sustainable development. As a company, we work hard every day to make sure our water and environment is looked after for now, and for years to come. By finding sustainable and better ways of doing things, we can keep our customers’ bills down and put more money back into protecting our communities for generations to come.[:]

Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future

[:en]The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) are running a new course in September that provides an in-depth introduction to CAT’s latest Zero Carbon Britain research, offering a robust, evidence-based scenario that explores ways we can deliver a climate positive future, whilst also maintaining a modern lifestyle.

The course also covers how Zero Carbon Britain can be successfully used as a powerful tool for groups and individuals to inspire positive action, stimulate debate and build consensus in their communities and places of work.

CAT are also offering course participants a free ticket to the “Small Is Beautiful Festival” to be held at CAT the weekend immediately after this course if you extend your stay with CAT’s B&B.  The course and festival are designed to work in partnership, so you can take what you’ve learnt and leap in to action through empowering workshops and great connections.

Call 01654 704 952 for more details or visit the CAT website.[:cy]Bydd Canolfan y Dechnoleg Amgen yn cynnal cwrs newydd ym mis Medi a fydd yn darparu cyflwyniad manwl i ymchwil Prydain Di-garbon diweddaraf Canolfan y Dechnoleg Amgen, gan gynnig senario gadarn yn seiliedig ar dystiolaeth, a fydd yn archwilio ffyrdd y gallwn gyflwyno dyfodol cadarnhaol o ran yr hinsawdd, gan gynnal ffordd o fyw fodern.

Bydd y cwrs hefyd yn ymdrin â sut gall grwpiau ac unigolion ddefnyddio Prydain Di-garbon yn llwyddiannus, fel offeryn pwerus i ysbrydoli camau cadarnhaol, ysgogi trafodaethau a meithrin consensws yn eu cymunedau a gweithleoedd.

Bydd Canolfan y Dechnoleg Amgen hefyd yn cynnig tocyn rhad ac am ddim i gyfranogwyr y cwrs, i “Small Is Beautiful Festival” a gynhelir yng Nghanolfan y Dechnoleg Amgen y penwythnos yn syth ar ôl y cwrs hwn, os byddwch yn ymestyn eich arhosiad yng Ngwely a Brecwast Canolfan y Dechnoleg Amgen. Mae’r cwrs a’r ŵyl wedi cael eu cynllunio i weithio mewn partneriaeth, felly gallwch ddefnyddio beth rydych chi wedi’i ddysgu, trwy weithdai grymusol a chysylltiadau gwych.
Ffoniwch 01654 704 952 i gael mwy o fanylion, neu ewch i
http://courses.cat.org.uk/sustainable-living/zero-carbon-britain-rethinking-the-future-detail[:]

World’s Largest Lesson

[:en]The World’s Largest Lesson is part of Project Everyone, a not-for-profit initiative with a mission to make the new UN Sustainable Development Goals better known and as such more effective.

Peter Davies, Commissioner for Sustainable future brought a group of organisation in Wales together to support the World’s Largest Lesson (WLL) and frame it in a Welsh context related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Well-being Goals in the Well-being of Future Generation Act, a recent legislation sealed by the Welsh Government.

Project Everyone’s bold ambition to get the Goals into the hands of seven billion people in seven days will be supported in Wales as the group aim get every school in Wales involved in the project.

The global campaign is led by film-maker and campaigner Richard Curtis, working in partnership with the UN and with the help of some of the world’s biggest brands and global stars to channel the message through radio, film, mobile, online and beyond. The aim of the World’s Largest Lesson is to engage the generation of young people whose choices and creativity, as they grow up over the next 15 years, could make the vision of these goals a reality.

On 12 June 2015 Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales and The Wales We Want hosted a meeting with key organisations in Wales: Project Everyone, Size of Wales, Natural Resources Wales, Keep Wales Tidy, Caerphilly County Borough Council, CFBT Education Trust, Education Dept NPT, Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera, WAGE (Wales Alliance for Global Education), South West and Mid Wales Consortium, The TYF Group, UNICEF, Welsh Government, Welsh Baccalaureate, Fair Trade Wales, Wales Africa Partnership and Pembrokeshire Sustainable Schools.

Project Everyone’s media pack will be available online from 26th June onwards: www.tes.co.uk/worldslargestlesson. This will include:

  • A short animation written by Sir Ken Robinson and produced by Aardman Animations
  • A comic with teachers’ guides available on digital platforms
  • Creative elements with focus on themes and challenges within the goals such as climate change, inequalities, etc
  • Lesson plans – with a support package

WLL is focussing on children in upper primary (age group 8-11yrs) and lower secondary (age group 11-14yrs).

The plan is now to open the project in Wales to interested bodies and to ensure appropiriate materials are translated into Welsh which can then be shared through the WLL website. Schools can register online: www.tes.co.uk/worldslargestlesson/preregistration/

Existing relevant resources

For more information please contact Mari Arthur, Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales: mari@cynnalcymru.com[:cy]Mae Gwers Fwya’r Byd yn rhan o’r Project Everyone, menter ddielw wedi ymrwymo i gynyddu ymwybyddiaeth o Nodau Datblygu Cynaliadwy’r Cenhedloedd Unedig a thrwy hynny wella eu heffeithiolrwydd.

Daeth Peter Davies, Comisiynydd dyfodol cynaliadwy â grŵp o sefydliadau ynghyd yng Nghymru i gefnogi Gwers Fwya’r Byd a’i gosod mewn cyd-destun Cymreig mewn perthynas â Nodau Datblygu Cynaliadwy’r Cenhedloedd Unedig a Nodau Llesiant Deddf Llesiant Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol, deddfwriaeth ddiweddar wedi ei selio gan Lywodraeth Cymru.

Yng Nghymru cefnogir uchelgais feiddgar Project Everyone i gael y Nodau i ddwylo saith biliwn o bobl mewn saith diwrnod wrth i’r grŵp anelu at ennyn diddordeb pob ysgol yng Nghymru yn y prosiect.

Arweinir yr ymgyrch fyd-eang gan y gwneuthurwr ffilmiau, Richard Curtis, sy’n gweithio mewn partneriaeth â’r Cenhedloedd Unedig, a gyda chymorth rhai o frandiau mwya’r byd a sêr byd-eang i sianelu’r neges drwy radio, ffilm, ffonau symudol, ar-lein a thu hwnt. Bwriad Gwers Fwya’r Byd yw ennyn diddordeb cenhedlaeth o bobl ifanc y gallai eu dewisiadau a’u creadigrwydd, wrth iddynt dyfu i fyny yn ystod y 15 mlynedd nesaf, wneud gweledigaeth y nodau hyn yn realiti.

Ar 12fed Mehefin 2015 trefnodd Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales a’r Gymru a Garem gyfarfod gyda sefydliadau allweddol yng Nghymru: Project Everyone, Maint Cymru, Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru, Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus, Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Caerffili, Ymddiriedolaeth Addysg CfBT, Adran Addysg Prawf Medrusrwydd Cenedlaethol (NPT), Ysgol Gymraeg Ystalyfera, Cynghrair Cymru dros Addysg Fyd-eang (WAGE), Consortiwm De Orllewin a Chanolbarth Cymru, Y Grŵp TYF, UNICEF, Llywodraeth Cymru, Bagloriaeth Cymru, Masnach Deg Cymru, Partneriaeth Cymru Affrica ac Ysgolion Cynaliadwy Sir Benfro.

Bydd Pecyn Project Everyone i’r cyfryngau ar gael ar-lein o 26 ain Mehefin:

www.tes.co.uk/worldslargestlesson. Bydd hwn yn cynnwys:

  • Animeiddiad byr wedi ei ysgrifennu gan Syr Ken Robinson ac wedi ei gynhyrchu gan Aardman Animations
  • Comig gyda chanllaw athrawon ar gael ar lwyfannau digidol
  • Elfennau creadigol gyda ffocws ar themâu a sialensiau o fewn y nodau megis newid yn yr hinsawdd, anghydraddoldebau, ayyb.
  • Cynlluniau gwersi – ynghyd â phecyn cefnogi.

Mae Gwers Fwya’r Byd yn canolbwyntio ar blant ysgolion cynradd (8-11 mlwydd oed) ac ysgolion eilradd (11-14 mlwydd oed)

Y cynllun yn awr yw agor y prosiect yng Nghymru i gyrff â diddordeb a sicrhau bod deunyddiau priodol yn cael eu cyfieithu i’r Gymraeg y gellir wedyn eu rhannu drwy wefan Gwers Fwya’r Byd. Gall ysgolion gofrestru ar-lein:

www.tes.co.uk/worldslargestlesson/preregistration/

Adnoddau perthnasol presennol

  • Gwers Fwya’r Byd: www.globalgoals.org/

www.tes.co.uk/worldslargestlesson

Am ragor o wybodaeth os gwelwch yn dda cysylltwch â Mari Arthur, Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales: mari@cynnalcymru.com[:]

You Call It “Training

[:en]It was back in 2009 when my former colleague Michelle Aitchison and I decided that Wales’ journey to sustainability would be enhanced and speeded up if we could just get more people to think like us and know what we know!

So we set about devising workshops that explained the concept of “sustainable development[:]

Well-being of Future Generations (WFG) Act

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Preparations for the forthcoming Well-being of Future Generations (WFG) Act

In preparation for the WFG Act, the Commissioner for Sustainable Futures, Peter Davies, is holding a series of regional events to input into the early development of Statutory Guidance for the Well-being of Future Generations. This will be an opportunity for you to influence how the Statutory Guidance can support public sector bodies to embed their sustainable development duty.

We hope that you can join us on one of the following dates:

18 May | Halliwell Centre, Trinity St. David, Carmarthen

28 May | Flint Town Hall

All events will be 10 – 3pm, with lunch and refreshments provided.

Please book your place via eventbrite
More information about the Act can be found: The Essential guide to the WFG Act[:cy]

Paratoadau ar gyfer Bil Llesiant Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol (Cymru)

Mewn paratoad ar gyfer y Bil, hoffai’r Comisiynydd Dyfodol Cynaliadwy, Peter Davies, eich gwahodd i gyfres o ddigwyddiadau rhanbarthol i roi mewnbwn i ddatblygiad cynnar Canllawiau Statudol Llesiant Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol (Cymru). Bydd hwn yn gyfle i chi ddylanwadu ar sut y gall Canllawiau Statudol gefnogi cyrff cyhoeddus wrth iddynt osod datblygu cynaliadwy fel rhan o’u sefydliadau.

Bydd y digwyddiadau o amgylch Cymru yn cwmpasu cynlluniau’r dyfodol ar gyfer Sgwrs Genedlaethol y Gymru a Garem a’r Siarter Datblygu Cynaliadwy fel rhwydweithiau gweithgar ar gyfer y Comisiynydd Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol newydd.

Gobeithiwn y medrwch ymuno â ni ar un o’r dyddiadau canlynol:

18 Mai | Canolfan Halliwell, Y Drindod Dewi Sant, Caerfyrddin

28 Mai | Neuadd Dref y Fflint

Bydd yr holl ddigwyddiadau o 10 – 3pm, a bydd cinio a lluniaeth ar gael.

Os gwelwch yn dda archebwch eich lle drwy gyfrwng evenbrite.
Yr hanfodion: Deddf Llesiant Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol (Cymru)
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Welsh Government has published their Climate Change Annual Report, 2014

[:en]The report sets out progress made against their headline commitments on emission reduction and adaptation and summarises some of the key activity that has been taken forward. It sets out that the 3% annual emissions target has been met. However, the findings also underline that whilst progress against the 3% target is within the desired range, further action is required to ensure emission reduction commitments are achieved in subsequent years and to improve our delivery against the 40% target.

The report breaks down emissions and highlights adaptation activity by main sectors. It concludes by summarising the next steps that WG will be taking, by building upon key legislation and delivering in line with key priorities set out in the recent Ministerial Statement on the Climate Change Policy Refresh.

Alongside the Report there is also a Technical Annex, which includes the performance indicators developed for each sector.

Climate Change Annual Report (download)[:cy]Mae’r adroddiad hwn yn pennu’r cynnydd sydd wedi’i wneud yn erbyn y prif ymrwymiadau i ostwng allyriadau ac i addasu, ac mae’n crynhoi rhai o’r prif gamau a gymerwyd. Mae adroddiad eleni yn nodi ei bod wedi cyrraedd y targed allyriadau blynyddol o 3%. Fodd bynnag, mae canfyddiadau’r Adroddiad yn pwysleisio’r neges, sef, er bod y cynnydd yn erbyn y targed o 3% o fewn yr ystod a ddymunir, mae angen gweithredu pellach i sicrhau fod yr ymrwymiadau i ostwng allyriadau yn cael eu cyrraedd mewn blynyddoedd a ddaw, ac i wella yr hyn yr ydym yn ei gyflawni yn erbyn y targed o 40%.

Mae’r adroddiad yn rhannu’r allyriadau fesul sector, ac yn tynnu sylw at y gweithgareddau addasu yn ôl y sectorau hynny.

Daw yr adroddiad i ben drwy grynhoi’r camau nesaf y byddwn yn eu cymeryd, drwy adeiladu ar ddeddfwriaeth allweddol a chyflawni yn unol â’r prif flaenoriaethau a benwyd yn y Datganiad diweddar gan y Gweinidog ar Adnewyddu y Polisïau Newid yn yr Hinsawdd.

I gyd-fynd â’r Adroddiad, mae Atodiad Technegol, sy’n cynnwys y dangosyddion perfformiad sy’n cael eu datblygu ar gyfer pob sector.

Adroddiad Blynyddol ar y Newid yn yr Hinsawdd[:]

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