[:en]Last week Cynnal Cymru hosted the second Sustain Wales Summit in the Principality Stadium to an audience of businesses and social enterprises passionate about using innovation to develop a low carbon society. The conference was an opportunity for Wales to showcase world leading technology and new opportunities available to make Wales a sustainable nation.
We were honoured to host architect, entrepreneur and first elected Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson CBE as the keynote speaker. Ferguson opened the morning sharing his insights in to how he helped Bristol become the 2015 European Green Capital through innovative schemes across the city which aimed to help reduce emissions and support local communities. Delegates also heard from the Innovation Lead in Innovate UK about the support available for small businesses with new ideas for sustainable technologies or a new business plan.
The conference addressed three themes – Connected Communities sponsored by Enterprise, Urban Wellbeing sponsored by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and Buildings for the Future sponsored by Melin Homes which allowed our speakers to explain how their business or organisation have developed new business models, run new initiatives, introduced new schemes or products all in the name of sustainable development.
The Summit also provided an opportunity for our members and sponsors to exhibit their work to our 100 delegates to inspire others, build new business relationships and talk about the importance of sustainability.
We were honoured to have Jacobs as the main sponsor of the Summit. Director of Sustainability, Alan Hendry spoke about a new project in Neath Port Talbot looking at how the county borough council could achieve the effective implementation of smart/low carbon technologies.
It was great day which demonstrated the broad range of activities being undertaken by global organisations, small start-up social enterprises and sustainability champions which together will help Cynnal Cymru achieve our mission of achieving a more sustainable Wales and society for all.[:]