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New study investigates green growth in Welsh economy

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A new report investigating the potential for green growth in the Welsh economy is being presented to Carl Sargeant, the Minister for Natural Resources today (Monday, 9 February).

The report has been prepared by members of the Green Growth Steering Group, led by Climate Change Commissioner for Wales Peter Davies and Professor Garel Rhys of Cardiff University Business School and chair of the St Athan – Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone, after being commissioned by the Economy Minister, Edwina Hart.

The Green Growth Steering Group was set up to look at how Wales could benefit from the green economy and how economic development can work alongside the needs of the environment and society. The report was presented following the latest meeting of the Welsh Council for Economic Renewal.

Presenting the Green Growth Baseline Study, Mr Davies said: “Green growth is a global challenge that will have a transformational impact – we need to position Wales to be at the forefront of that change so that we may realise the opportunities that arise.

“Many businesses and organisations are already actively taking forward a green growth approach, and we are working with them to help develop opportunities and share learning. In many ways, today’s launch complements those developments.

“The study and its recommendations are wide ranging. The key point is that the study very clearly identifies green growth as an approach to the development of the whole economy. This isn’t an approach just for some sectors or certain sizes or types of organisation. And it establishes that there is no inherent conflict between economic development and the needs of the environment and society, if a green growth approach to development is taken.[:]

Cynnal Cymru – Leading the way to a Sustainable Future

[:en]We have an excellent line up of speakers at our Sustain Wales event on 22 January at the prestigious Cardiff City Hall. The event marks the launch of the Sustain Wales Fund and a series of Awards both of which are highlighted by our new branding and website which represents the four key areas which underpin Cynnal Cymru and our view of sustainable development:

Society

Economy

Culture

All within the limits of the Environment

The event will be hosted by TV and radio comedian and bestselling author, Tony Hawks.

We are pleased to confirm speakers from Global industries that strive to improve their sustainable development journey as well as local organisations that have best practice to share in the fields of culture and society:

Carl Sargeant AM, Minister for Natural Resources
Steve Kenzie, Director UN Global Compact UK
Joe Franses, Director Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability, Coca Cola Enterprises
Ian Isaac, CEO, NSA Afan
Nick Capaldi, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Wales
Mark Wilson, Interface Sustainability Ambassador
Iolo ap Dafydd, BBC Wales environment correspondent
Barbara Chidgey, Director, Learning Pathways

Many people and organisations are doing great things in Wales, under the umbrella of sustainable development. It is the intention of Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales to highlight this, to praise the achievements and continue to support good and best practice.

We are therefore launching the Sustain Wales Awards and the Sustain Wales Fund at the event in preparation for both to be active this year.

There will be an opportunity for the press to interview speakers after the event. For more information please contact clare@cynnalcymru.com 02920 192021

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Notes to Editors

Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales

Engaging people and communities across Wales to create a sustainable future, Cynnal Cymru is Wales’ leading sustainable development organisation.  It has Sustainable Development as its primary charitable aim. As a membership and networking organisation, Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales works with people and organisations across all sectors of Wales, being a catalyst for change and for both raising awareness of good practice in sustainable development and helping that it happens.

Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales administers the Sustainable Development Charter; provides secretariat support to the Climate Change Commission for Wales, provides an office and support for Peter Davies, the Commissioner for Sustainable Futures and manages the delivery of the National Conversation on “The Wales We Want[:]

Culture Shift: How Artists are Responding to Sustainability in Wales

[:en]‘Culture Shift: How Artists are Responding to Sustainability in Wales’ is a research report commissioned by the Arts Council of Wales in 2014. It was officially launched on the 12th of November 2014 at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Wales.

‘Culture Shift’ gives an overview of the many pioneering sustainable arts initiatives currently operating across Wales. The report is a witness to what is going on already. It is also intended as a statement of intent and a call to action. It highlights the power of the arts to contribute towards or even take a leading role in the transition to a life-sustaining society. It is hoped that this report will contribute towards future arts policy within the context of the Welsh Government’s ‘Well-being of Future Generations’ Bill’. The report draws attention to how a growing number of artists are leading a paradigm shift in values and relationships around access to future resources.

It contains recommendations to the Arts Council of Wales regarding future arts policy in supporting the development of such pioneering practice. It is backed up by case studies and interviews from many artists and organisations and builds on the results from a sector wide survey conducted in Spring 2014. The appendices to the report give the survey data in more detail as well as naming many projects, formative books, articles, useful resources, contacts and organisations.

Although concentrating on Welsh activity the research is framed within the context of the wider changes and inspirations Welsh artists are drawing from those outside – including Artsadmin, Julies Bicycle, Tipping Point, Platform, Creative Carbon Scotland, People United, Encounters and Case for Optimism.

The work was undertaken by a team of artists and specialists in sustainability. These are; Fern Smith – actor and director and co-founder of Volcano Theatre, Sarah Woods – writer and performer, Emily Hinshelwood – poet and performer, Paul Allen – Communications Director for the Centre for Alternative Technology and Rhodri Hugh Thomas – actor, writer and sustainable development specialist with Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales.

The report is available as a download in English and Welsh.[:]

Cynnal Cymru, Fareshare Cymru and the Neighbourhood Food Collection project

[:en]Cynnal Cymru’s very own Natalie Rees, Project Manager for the Sustainable Development Charter, recently spent a day in Canton Tesco collecting food for FareShare Cymru, an SD Charter signatory.

As a result of the project Neighbourhood Food Collection will now be able to provide 4.7 million meals UK-wide.[:]

Climate Change Commission for Wales launches its 2014 Annual Report

[:en]The Commission is rounding off the year with the launch of its Annual Report.

The report highlights what Commission members, and the sectors they represent, have done to take action to address climate change over the last year. Activities supporting all seven of the Commission’s priority areas are captured from supporting local authorities and town and community councils to prepare for a changing climate; supporting business, public and third sector organisations to reduce energy and carbon; promoting Green Growth; reducing emissions in the land-use and transport sectors; the National Conversation on “The Wales We Want[:]

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