Well-being of Future Generations Act

Future Generations Commissioner urges Welsh Government to deliver on a green recovery budget

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● Carbon neutral housing and green jobs for people unemployed by pandemic are crucial to reset the economy and ‘build back better’
● Sophie Howe has outlined the five spending priorities Wales needs to be considering now – and calls for an urgent green stimulus package to help the country’s long-term recovery
● Government’s supplementary budget on Wednesday needs to signal investment that prioritises a better quality of life in the future

Green jobs for the unemployed and a multi-million pound package to decarbonise housing should be central to how Wales is reshaped in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, says the Future Generations Commissioner. 

Sophie Howe says we have  a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to reset Wales’ economy and is calling for  “visionary ideas and transformative investment” in the nation’s recovery plan. 

The commissioner has published a series of recommendations for Welsh Government as it announces its first Supplementary Budget, detailing how funding will be allocated during and after the crisis.  

The Welsh Government budget has increased by more than 10% for the current financial year – £2.4bn will be allocated to support Wales with its COVID-19 efforts. 

Ms Howe said: “The pandemic has brought incredible challenges, but how we recover gives us a once-in-a-generation opportunity. 

“The budget must signal a change in direction to reset our economy and remedy past failures with bold, collaborative, inclusive thinking and political courage. 

“It needs to address health, the economy and the ongoing climate and nature crises for the sake of Wales’ long-term future. We need a new definition of prosperity, based on well-being, and a fairer, greener way of living.” 

The commissioner, whose role is to protect future generations from the political actions of today, says in a paper that ministers must now show political courage with a focus on quality of life over GDP,  as the country begins the rebuilding process while restrictions remain in place to stem the spread of COVID-19. 

More investment in the low-carbon economy is crucial, and in the short-term, Ms Howe suggests those who have lost jobs and income in the pandemic could be reskilled and employed in the green economy. 

Among her recommendations is a multi-million pound stimulus package to support the decarbonisation of Wales’ housing stock – putting money into new low-carbon affordable housing and launching a national retrofitting programme to improve energy efficiency in existing homes. 

The benefits to people’s health, the environment, the jobs created and – crucially – Wales’ housing stock, would, says Ms Howe, far outweigh the estimated cost of more than £500m a year. 

As thousands remain working from home – taking pressure off transport networks and reducing carbon emissions – the commissioner wants investment to improve digital connectivity. 

Ms Howe applauded Welsh Government’s £25m commitment to fund transport improvements for pedestrians and cyclists by local authorities across Wales, and said it must form part of a long-term plan. 

It comes as moves to pedestrianise the centre of Bristol have been unveiled as part of its response to the COVID-19 crisis. The city is also engaging residents in planning new ways to use existing spaces – with emerging ideas including the pedestrianisation of entire dual carriageways. 

Elsewhere, Milan – one of the most congested cities in Europe – is transforming 35km of streets into ‘future zones’, where people can walk and cycle safely. 

Resources should also be shifted so Wales’ natural habitats can be restored, with green corridors linking the country and more investment in the new national forest being planted. 

Such thinking, says the commissioner will not only help wildlife, but can assist flood defences and the nation’s capability to face the challenges of climate change and create jobs. 

Ms Howe wants the Government to use the Well-being of Future Generations Act legislation along with her new Future Generations Report and  10-point plan for funding the climate emergency, in its response to the crisis. 

The Future Generations Report suggests Welsh Government works with public bodies to deliver 20% tree canopy cover in every town and city in Wales by 2030. 

Ms Howe said: “Our pre-Covid 19 economy prioritised economic growth, forced many people into poverty, and in turn created an unhealthy population that is particularly susceptible to global crises such as pandemics. 

“It’s vital that the budget addresses things we can’t afford to ignore – such as the current health crisis, the economic crisis the pandemic has triggered and the ongoing climate and nature crises. 

Wales has the opportunity to lead the way with visionary ideas and transformative investment, to a future based on well-being, using our unique Well-being of Future Generations Act as a framework. 

“I’m keen to work with partners and organisations to support Welsh Government in developing a response to the crisis which allows Wales to build back better.” 

 

The Future Generations Commissioner’s five recommendations… 

1.Develop an economic stimulus package that leads to job creation and supports the decarbonisation of homes, through building new low carbon affordable housing and investing in a national programme to improve the energy efficiency of existing homes. 

2.Invest in better ways to connect and move people through improving digital connectivity, active travel and public transport.

3. Invest in skills and training to support the transition to a better future, creating new greener jobs.

4.Invest in nature and prioritise funding and support for large-scale habitat and wildlife restoration, creation and connectivity throughout Wales –including for natural flood defences, to implement the new national forest, and to ensure land use management and agriculture supports secure local food chains and distribution.

5. Invest in the industries and technologies of the future, and support for businesses that will help Wales to lead the low carbon revolution and lock wealth and jobs into local areas with investment in the foundational economy. 

To read the full statement, visit the Future Generations Commissioner’s website.

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Mae tai carbon niwtral a swyddi gwyrdd i bobl sy’n ddiwaith yn sgil y pandemig yn hanfodol ar gyfer ailosod yr economi ac ‘adeiladu nôl yn well’.
● Mae Sophie Howe wedi amlinellu’r pum blaenoriaeth gwariant sydd angen i Gymru eu hystyried yn awr – ac yn galw am becyn ysgogi gwyrdd ar frys i helpu adferiad hirdymor y wlad.
● Mae angen i gyllideb atodol y llywodraeth ar ddydd Mercher nodi buddsoddiad sy’n blaenoriaethu gwell ansawdd bywyd yn y dyfodol.

Dylai swyddi gwyrdd i’r diwaith a phecyn gwerth miliynau o bunnoedd i ddatgarboneiddio tai fod yn ganolog i’r ffordd y mae Cymru’n cael ei hail-lunio yn dilyn pandemig coronafirws, meddai Comisiynydd Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol. 

Dywed Sophie Howe fod gennym “gyfle sy’n digwydd unwaith mewn cenhedlaeth” i ailosod economi Cymru, ac mae’n galw am “syniadau gweledigaethol a buddsoddiad trawsnewidiol yng nghynllun adfer y genedl. 

Mae’r comisiynydd wedi cyhoeddi cyfres o argymhellion ar gyfer Llywodraeth Cymru wrth iddynt gyhoeddi eu Cyllideb Atodol gyntaf, sy’n rhoi manylion am y modd y bydd cyllid yn cael ei ddyrannu yn ystod ac ar ôl yr argyfwng. 

Mae cyllideb Llywodraeth Cymru wedi cynyddu o fwy na 10% ar gyfer y flwyddyn ariannol gyfredol – dyrennir £ 2.4bn i gynorthwyo Cymru gyda’i hymdrechion COVID-19. 

Dywedodd Ms Howe: “Mae’r pandemig wedi dod â heriau anhygoel, ond mae’r modd yr ydym yn ei oresgyn yn rhoi i ni ‘gyfle sy’n digwydd unwaith mewn cenhedlaeth. 

“Rhaid i’r gyllideb nodi newid cyfeiriad i ailosod ein heconomi a datrys methiannau’r gorffennol gyda meddwl beiddgar, cydweithredol, cynhwysol, a dewrder gwleidyddol. 

“Mae angen iddi fynd i’r afael ag iechyd, yr economi ac argyfyngau parhaus yr hinsawdd a natur er mwyn dyfodol hirdymor Cymru. Mae arnom angen diffiniad newydd o ffyniant, yn seiliedig ar lesiant, a ffordd decach, wyrddach o fyw”.  

Mewn papur a ysgrifennwyd gandddi dywed y comisiynydd yn ei rôl fel amddiffynnydd cenedlaethau’r dyfodol rhag gweithredoedd gwleidyddol heddiw, bod yn rhaid i weinidogion yn awr ddangos dewrder gwleidyddol gan ganolbwyntio mwy ar ansawdd bywyd na Chynnyrch Domestig Gros, wrth i’r wlad gychwyn ar y broses ailadeiladu tra bo cyfyngiadau yn parhau yn eu lle i atal lledaeniad COVID-19. 

Mae mwy o fuddsoddiad yn yr economi carbon isel yn hanfodol, ac yn y tymor byr, mae Ms Howe yn awgrymu y gallai’r rhai sydd wedi colli swyddi ac incwm yn ystod y pandemig gael eu hailsgilio a’u cyflogi yn yr economi gwyrdd. 

Ymhlith ei hargymhellion mae’n nodi pecyn ysgogi gwerth miliynau o bunnoedd i gynorthwyo datgarboneiddio stoc dai Cymru – gan ariannu tai fforddiadwy carbon isel newydd a lansio rhaglen ôl-osod genedlaethol i wella effeithlonrwydd ynni mewn cartrefi presennol. 

Byddai’r manteision i iechyd pobl, yr amgylchedd, y swyddi sy’n cael eu creu ac – yn hollbwysig – stoc dai Cymru, meddai Ms Howe, yn gorbwyso’r gost amcangyfrifedig o fwy na £ 500m y flwyddyn. 

Wrth i filoedd barhau i weithio gartref – gan leihau’r pwysau ar rwydweithiau trafnidiaeth a lleihau allyriadau carbon – mae’r comisiynydd eisiau buddsoddiad ar gyfer gwella cysylltedd digidol. 

Cymeradwyodd Ms Howe ymrwymiad £ 25m Llywodraeth Cymru i ariannu gwelliannau trafnidiaeth i gerddwyr a beicwyr gan awdurdodau lleol ledled Cymru, a dywedodd fod yn rhaid i hyn fod yn rhan o gynllun hirdymor.  

Fe ddaw wrth i symudiadau i bedestreiddio canol Bryste gael eu datgelu fel rhan o’u hymateb i argyfwng COVID-19. Mae’r ddinas hefyd yn ennyn diddordeb preswylwyr wrth gynllunio ffyrdd newydd o ddefnyddio lleoedd sy’n bodoli eisoes – gyda syniadau sy’n dod i’r amlwg yn cynnwys pedestreiddio ffyrdd cerbydau deuol cyfan. 

Mewn mannau eraill, mae Milan – un o’r dinasoedd â’r mwyaf o dagfeydd yn Ewrop – yn trawsnewid 35km o strydoedd yn ‘barthau’r dyfodol’, lle gall pobl gerdded a beicio’n ddiogel.  

Dylid symud adnoddau hefyd fel y gellir adfer cynefinoedd naturiol Cymru, gyda choridorau gwyrdd yn cysylltu’r wlad a mwy o fuddsoddi mewn plannu’r goedwig genedlaethol newydd.  

Bydd meddwl yn y modd hwn, medd y comisiynydd, nid yn unig yn helpu bywyd gwyllt, ond yn atgyfnerthu amddiffynfeydd llifogydd a gallu’r genedl i wynebu heriau’r newid yn yr hinsawdd a chreu swyddi. 

Mae Ms Howe eisiau i’r Llywodraeth, yn eu hymateb i’r argyfwng, ddefnyddio deddfwriaeth y Ddeddf Llesiant Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol ynghyd â’i Hadroddiad Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol newydd a’i chynllun deg pwynt ar gyfer ariannu’r argyfwng hinsawdd 

Mae’r Adroddiad Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol yn awgrymu bod Llywodraeth Cymru’n gweithio gyda chyrff cyhoeddus i gyflawni 20% o orchudd canopi coed ym mhob tref a dinas yng Nghymru erbyn 2030. 

Dywedodd Ms Howe: Roedd ein heconomi cyn COVID-19 yn blaenoriaethu twf economaidd gan orfodi llawer o bobl i dlodi, a arweiniodd yn ei dro at boblogaeth afiach sy’n arbennig o agored i argyfwng fel pandemig.  

Mae’n hollbwysig bod ein cyllideb yn mynd i’r afael â phethau na fedrwn fforddio eu hanwybyddu – megis yr argyfwng iechyd presennol, yr argyfwng economaidd a sbardunwyd gan y pandemig ac argyfwng parhaus yr hinsawdd a natur. 

Rwy’n awyddus i weithio gyda phartneriaid a sefydliadau i gynorthwyo Llywodraeth Cymru i ddatblygu ymateb i’r argyfwng a fydd yn caniatáu i Gymru ‘adeiladu nôl yn well’. 

 

Pum argymhelliad Comisiynydd Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol… 

  1. Datblygu pecyn ysgogi economaidd sy’n arwain at greu swyddi ac sy’n cynorthwyo datgarboneiddio cartrefi, drwy adeiladu tai newydd carbon isel fforddiadwy a buddsoddi mewn rhaglen genedlaethol i wella effeithlonrwydd ynni cartrefi presennol.
  2. Buddsoddi mewn gwell dulliau o gysylltu a symud pobl, drwy wella cysylltedd digidol, teithio llesol a thrafnidiaeth gyhoeddus.
  3. Buddsoddi mewn sgiliau a hyfforddiant i gynorthwyo’r trawsnewid i well dyfodol, gan greu swyddi newydd gwyrddach. 
  4. Buddsoddi mewn natur a rhoi blaenoriaeth i ariannu a chymorth graddfa fawr i adferiad cynefinoedd a bywyd gwyllt, creu a chysylltedd ledled Gymru – yn cynnwys ar gyfer amddiffynfeydd llifogydd naturiol, gweithredu’r goedwig genedlaethol newydd a sicrhau bod rheoli defnydd tir ac amaeth yn cynorthwyo sicrhad cadwyni bwyd lleol a dosbarthu. 
  5. Buddsoddi yn niwydiannau a thechnolegau’r dyfodol, a chynorthwyo busnesau, a fydd yn helpu Cymru i arwain y chwyldro carbon isel a chloi cyfoeth a swyddi mewn ardaloedd lleol gyda buddsoddiad yn yr economi sylfaenol. 

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Living Wage Public Bodies

[:en]The Living Wage Foundation have compiled research with the Smith Institute which reveals that as many as 1.2 million people working for the NHS, councils and other public sector employers receive low wages of less than £9 an hour, or £10.55 in London.

Public sector workers, employed either directly by the state or on outsourced contracts, account for up to 20% of the 6 million people in Britain paid less than this level. The real living wage is higher than the government’s legally enforceable “national living wage” of £8.21 an hour.

The report revealed the vast majority of public sector workers earning below the real living wage are in local authority jobs, including teaching assistants, cleaners, care workers and catering staff. Almost half a million are on outsourced contracts, while 725,000 work directly for a public sector body. The research is summarized on the Living Wage Foundation website.

As the accrediting body in Wales; we propose that all public bodies should work toward accreditation in an effort to lead by example as often large employers with strong public presences and clear opportunities to strengthen local economies through the driving of fair pay practices. They also have the opportunity to lead on procurement practice and how this can be implemented. The Code of Practice: Ethical Employment in Supply Chains offers a Guide on Implementing the Living Wage.

Of the 44 public bodies in Wales there is currently one local authority accredited – Cardiff Council, and they join Welsh Government and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales along with commissioner’s offices including the Older People’s Commissioner, Children’s Commissioner and Future Generations Commissioner.

The Office of the Future Generations Commissioner urges public bodies to become Living Wage accredited as one of their suggested simple changes . The ‘Art of the Possible’ is one of the Commissioner’s main programmes of work. It is a partnership approach to shining a light on great work that is improving well-being in communities across Wales. It will set out a positive vision of what a ‘possible’ Wales could look like if public bodies respond to the opportunities that the Well-being of Future Generations legislation provides in order to make better decisions. Becoming a Living Wage employer is part of this positive vision for the future under the well-being goal of ‘a prosperous Wales.’

 

 

As stated by Professor Kate Pickett in the January 2014 report If you could do one thing: nine local actions to reduce health inequalities:

“The single best action that I believe local authorities can take to reduce health inequalities is to implement a living wage policy.”

Professor Pickett’s paper in the same report, Addressing Health Inequalities Through Greater Social Equality at a Local Level: Implement a Living Wage Policy also focuses on the other noted social benefits of the payment of a living wage including a route out of in-work poverty, incentive to work, improvements in work quality and productivity, and positive impacts on recruitment and retention- including decreases in absenteeism and improved well-being.

 


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Do you work in the public sector? Would you like to hear more about links between the well-being of future generations and the payment of a living wage?

 

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Cardiff Public Sector Organisations sign Healthy Travel Charter

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Fourteen leading public sector organisations based in Cardiff signed the newly developed Healthy Travel Charter, committing themselves to supporting and encouraging their staff and visitors to travel in a sustainable way to and from their sites.

Through fourteen ambitious actions, the charter promotes walking, cycling, public transport and ultra-low emission vehicle use. The actions include establishing a network of sustainable travel champions, developing targeted communications campaigns for staff, offering and promoting the cycle to work scheme and increasing the availability of video-conferencing for meetings to reduce the number of journeys staff need to make across sites.

Between them, the organisations will commit to reducing the proportion of journeys commuting to and from work made by car from 62% to 52%, increasing the proportion of staff cycling weekly to and from work from 14% to 23%, and increase the proportion of vehicles used during the day which are plug-in hybrid or pure electric from 1% to 3% by 2022.

Organisations which signed the charter at a launch event at Cardiff City Hall were Cardiff Council, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Natural Resources Wales, South Wales Fire and Rescue, South Wales Police, HM Prison and Probation, Welsh Government, National Assembly for Wales, Sport Wales, Public Health Wales, HM Revenue & Customs, National Museum for Wales, Welsh Ambulance, and the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner. Together, these organisations employ over 33,000 members of staff in the city of Cardiff, whom they will be encouraging to make a healthy and sustainable change to the way they travel.

Air pollution in parts of Cardiff exceeds EU legal limits, increasing the risk to health, with road transport responsible for around 80% of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) measured at the roadside. Long-term effects of air pollution include increased rates of lung disease, cardiovascular disease and cancer. By working together with a view to the long-term, public sector organisations in the City aim to increase the proportion of journeys made to and from workplaces which are sustainable, reducing the impact on the environment and health of people in Cardiff for current and future generations. The public sector in Cardiff employs almost one in three adults in the City.

Cllr Huw Thomas, Leader of Cardiff Council and Chair of Cardiff Public Services Board said “We are delighted that members of Cardiff PSB, along with other public sector organisations in the City, are joining together to make this important series of pledges to support people to travel more sustainably in our City. As a Council we are committed to cleaning the air in Cardiff and are currently consulting on our Clean Air Strategy, which includes measures to improve the active travel infrastructure in the City and reduce emissions from public transport.”

Maria Battle, Chair of Cardiff and Vale UHB and Vice-Chair of the Public Services Board said “Increasing the number of journeys made on foot, by bike and by public transport, is vital to improving the health of citizens in Cardiff, and reducing dangerous air pollution. The Health Board fully supports the Charter and is in the process of expanding our popular Park and Ride service for University Hospital Wales, and will shortly introduce a similar service for University Hospital Llandough.”

For more information on the Charter please visit the Keeping Cardiff Moving website.[:]

Glanrhyd set the Standard as Green Flag Hospital

[:en]Glanrhyd hospital, which looks after nature as well as caring for people has become the first in Wales to receive the prestigious Green Flag Award.

Glanrhyd is only the second hospital in the UK to receive the award, which recognises the finest parks and green spaces.

The historic site has bird and bat boxes, insect-friendly “bug hotels” and interpretive signs explaining the flora and fauna that can be found there.

Local organisations worked alongside the environment team within ABMU’s estates department on the wildlife-friendly features.

Health board Chairman, Andrew Davies, who also chairs the health board’s environment committee, said: “Glanrhyd is an excellent example of how having an attractive natural environment can improve people’s quality of life.

“There is very clear evidence that being able to enjoy the natural environment has a positive impact on the well-being of patients, staff and visitors, and on recovery after illness.

“We have a strong commitment to greening our estates and have been working with our partners to achieve this.

“This work is also helping us deliver the goals of the Well-being of Future Generations Act.”

ABMU Chief Executive, Tracy Myhill added: “This is a great initiative which benefits the well-being, not only for our patients, but our staff and the wider community too.

“Being the first in Wales and only the second in the UK to achieve this status is a great endorsement to the innovative approach being taken within our health board.

“I commend everyone’s efforts in this achievement as it demonstrates what can be accomplished when we work together with our partners.”

The Glanryhd Hospital site was first laid out, in its distinct Victorian Gothic style, in 1864.

It was originally known as the Glamorganshire County Asylum and is one of only a few former county asylums still active in mental health use.

Earlier this year, the health board secured a tree preservation order on a 120-year-old lime tree in the hospital’s quadrangle.

But a lot of other work has been going on to create a haven for wildlife and a welcoming green space for patients, staff and the wider public.

Mark Humphreys, assistant technical services officer within ABMU’s estates department, said: “We have carried out a number of improvements to encourage wildlife and enhance biodiversity around the site.

“Around 30 bird boxes are being installed and bat boxes will be going up. Log piles have been formed and a wildflower site has been trialled to encourage bees and other insects.

“We have also put up interpretive boards at various locations, to highlight the wildlife and historical landmarks, and showing the site is a welcoming green space for local residents to enjoy.”

ABMU has worked with staff and patients, and several community groups and local organisations on the environmental improvements at Glanrhyd.

One was Wood B, part of the Awen Cultural Trust in Bridgend, which offers employment opportunities for adults with disabilities. They used fallen trees to build the frames of the interpretive boards.

Mental Health Locality Manager, Mike Sullivan, who is based in Glanrhyd, said: “The hospital grounds have long been an asset to patients and staff. Increasingly they are becoming a place of recreation and local interest to members of the community.”

“This award not only recognises the beauty of the surroundings and the dedication of ABMU staff to tend and nurture the environment, but also it reflects how the hospital and mental health care in general are becoming the less stigmatised and separate from the local community.

“The award, I hope, will be a springboard for greater accessibility and interest in the grounds and opportunities for patients, members of the public and nature groups to celebrate a local hidden gem.”

The Green Flag Award programme is delivered in Wales by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy with support from Welsh Government.

It is judged by green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, environmental management and community involvement.

Keep Wales Tidy’s Green Flag coordinator, Lucy Prisk said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Awards in Wales.”

“They are a testament to the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff and volunteers across the country who work tirelessly to maintain Green Flag Award standards.”

Source: Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board[:]

Welsh Government Consultation on petroleum extraction policy in Wales

[:en]A Welsh Government consultation on Petroleum Extraction Policy in Wales has been launched. The consultation runs until the 25th of September and Welsh Government wants to know your views on the proposal.

“Following the Wales Act 2017 Welsh Ministers will take over responsibility for licensing onshore petroleum extraction from the UK Oil & Gas Authority (OGA) on the 1st October 2018. The new petroleum licensing powers have provided an opportunity to consider what should be our approach to petroleum extraction in Wales, for now and future generations.   As a new area of responsibility for the Welsh Government, we commissioned a review of the evidence in 2017 to inform our future policy towards petroleum extraction.”

This  consultation seeks your views on that evidence and Welsh Government’s proposed future policy on petroleum extraction, including fracking.

More information can be found on the Welsh Government website: Petroleum extraction policy in Wales[:]

Sustain Wales Awards 2017 Winners Announced!

[:en]Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales announce the winners of the national Sustain Wales Awards 2017.

Last night (30th November) Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales celebrated some of the leading organisations and individuals in Wales championing sustainability. The awards ceremony, sponsored by AM Llyr Gruffydd, took place in the Senedd in Cardiff Bay to an audience of national and international organisations working to create a more sustainable Wales.

The Awards, hosted by Actor and Cynnal Cymru’s, Rhodri Thomas highlighted the 27 finalists from around Wales, organisations and individuals who have undertaken outstanding work to help achieve Cynnal Cymru’s mission of making Wales a sustainable nation.

The Senedd was alive with the leading activists, thinkers and businesses that are driving forward change to make Wales a better place, from the BBC’s sustainable productions; Dr. Who (with its LED Tardis), Pobol y Cwm and Casualty to Xcel Bowl in Carmarthen and their Foodbank, Furniture recycling and Community Shop; and everything in between.

Cynnal Cymru were inspired by the number of applications received from organisations across Wales. It was the role of an expert judging panel consisting of Chair of Cynnal Cymru, Derek Osborn, Chief Executive of WCVA, Ruth Marks, Co-director of the Sustainable Places Research Institute, Professor Susan Baker and Innovation Lead at Innovate UK, Nick Cliffe, to score all of the amazing applications and narrow down the highly commended finalists. Since September, over 10,000 individual votes were cast by the public which selected the winners of each of the categories of the awards.

Wales and West Utilities, as the main sponsor of the awards, presented a Special Recognition Award to Joyce and Nigel Gervis, the founders and directors of Ty-Mawr Lime. The couple created an innovative enterprise in a rural community, providing much needed jobs, developing techniques to preserve the rural built heritage of Wales and the rest of the UK, finding low carbon, resource efficient responses to the challenges of making old and new buildings energy efficient and water tight. They have created entirely new products and systems and created accredited training courses for architects, building trades and householders, training in excess of 10,000 people. Joyce and Nigel also support many local charities and community initiatives, giving their time as individuals to the civic life of their county and to Wales.

Yesterday afternoon, before the awards Cynnal Cymru, as the leading organisation for sustainable development in Wales also hosted a roundtable to encourage the finalists and sponsors to come together to continue the collaboration which could lead to tomorrow’s innovative and sustainable solutions.

 

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru said:

The Sustain Wales Awards evening is my favourite night of the year. We are able to showcase the amazing work and projects that these inspirational people are doing around Wales to make Wales a more sustainable nation. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to all our sponsors – Wales and West Utilities, Enterprise rent a car, Acuity Legal, University of Wales Trinity St Davids, The Open University, Principality Stadium, the Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI), Social Business Wales, Gwyrdd Creative Communications, Severn Wye Energy Agency and Interserve.

And a big thank you to AM Llyr Gruffydd who is a longstanding supporter of Cynnal Cymru and these awards. He works tirelessly to move the sustainability agenda forward in Wales on many cross-party groups, in his national remit and at a local level in his own community.”

The winners in the ten categories are:

  • Sustainability Champion – Phil Williams
  • Sustainable School – Eco Icans Challenge / Thornhill Primary School
  • Sustainable Further Education/Higher Education Institution – Pharmabees / Cardiff University
  • Sustainable Building – Building Community / Down to Earth
  • Sustainable Innovation in Public Services – ‘Our Space’ / Public Health Wales with Greenstream Flooring, Rype Office furniture and Orangebox
  • Sustainable Business of the Year – The Sustainability Challenge 2016-17 / Griffiths
  • Sustainable Community Group – Recycle4Charity / Pembrokeshire Care, Share & Give
  • Sustainable Social Enterprise – YnNi Teg
  • Sustainable Practice in Arts, Culture and Sport – It Doesn’t Have To be That Way’, Breaking the Cycles of Abuse, Violence and Control / Glyndwr University
  • Special Recognition Award – Nigel and Joyce Gervis, Ty-Mawr Lime

 

There were a number of finalists awarded a highly commended certificate for their outstanding work. These are:

  • Frankie Hobro
  • Chris Blake
  • Ysgol Bae Baglan – Stride Treglown
  • Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel & CISP Multimedia
  • Swansea University and Amber Energy
  • Bridgend College
  • St David’s Partnership
  • Xcel Bowl
  • Snowdonia National Park
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • Robert Owen Community Banking
  • Pentrebane Zone
  • Pontyberem Community Park Association
  • Awel Co-op
  • Datblygiadau Egni Gwledig (DEG)
  • BBC Roath Lock Studios
  • Theatre Clwyd / Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board

Find out more about all the finalists in the Sustain Wales Awards Brochure. [:]

Sustain Wales Awards 2017 – Shortlist Announced

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Cynnal Cymru are delighted to announce those shortlisted for the Sustain Wales Awards 2017.

Cynnal Cymru have been inspired by all of the amazing applications we have received for the Sustain Wales Awards taking place in November 2017. We are pleased to see that so many exciting projects and initiatives are being undertaken by businesses, community groups and individuals across Wales.

Rhodri Thomas, Principal Sustainability Consultant was responsible for ensuring all the successful applicants met the initial criteria of meeting at least one of the seven Well-being Goals, before handing over the our judging panel for the final selection process.

Rhodri Thomas, Principal Consultant at Cynnal Cymru said:

“It was great to see such a diverse range of applications from small start-up initiatives to large complex organisation tacking a whole range of sustainability issues. I was really encouraged to discover organisations and projects that we haven’t heard of before.”

Over the past few weeks our expert judges had the difficult task of narrowing down those finalists in each category who have undertaken outstanding work to help achieve Cynnal Cymru’s mission to make Wales a sustainable nation. Our judging panel consists of Innovation Lead from Innovate UK – Nick Cliff, Co-Director of Sustainable Place Research Institute – Professor Susan Baker, Chief Executive of Wales Council for Voluntary Action- Ruth Marks and Chair of Cynnal Cymru -Derek Osbourn.

The judges looked at all the applications and judged how well their work meets the five ways of working outlined in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act. All the finalists demonstrated new innovative ideas and a good level of understanding and support for this instrumental legislation.

We are pleased to be able to announce our main sponsor for the Sustain Wales Awards this year as Wales and West Utilities. We would like to thank all our sponsors for the support this year including Acuity Legal, University of Wales Trinity St Davids, the Open University, Principality Stadium, Social Business Wales, Interserve and Gwyrdd Consulting.

Derek Osborn, Chair of Cynnal Cymru and Awards judge said:

“All of the organisations and individuals that have been shortlisted for the Sustain Wales Awards public vote are pioneers in helping make Wales a world leader in sustainable development. Congratulations to all those shortlisted and I look forward to hearing who the public choses as their winners at the awards ceremony in the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on 30th November.”

The Public Vote opens on the Cynnal Cymru website from today Thursday 05 October and closes Tuesday 31st October midday.

The finalists in each category are listed below:

Sustainability Champion (nominations)

This category recognises individuals who have inspired real change in their organisation and have contributed positively to the awareness of Sustainable Development in Wales.

Frankie Hobro

Chris Blake

Phil Williams

 

Sustainable School – Sponsored by The Open University Wales

Open to primary and secondary schools, this category recognises the school or educational initiative that really stands out.

Ysgol Bae Baglan – Stride Treglown

Eco Icans Challenge – Thornhill Primary School

Sustainable School – Ysgol Gymraeg Brynsierfel

 

Sustainable FE/HE Institution – Sponsored by Acuity Legal

Open to further and higher education institutions, this category is looking for strong evidence of impact or innovation.

SWell Staff Engagement Programme and The Student Energy Project (TSEP) – Swansea University and Amber Energy

Centre of Excellence – Bridgend College

Pharmbees – Cardiff University

 

Sustainable Venue/ Space

Open to all venues, places and spaces this category recognises innovative approaches to creating low carbon, resilient, safe and attractive communities.

Building Community – Down to Earth

Small Changes, Big Value – St David’s Partnership

More than just a Bowling Alley – Xcel Bowl

 

Sustainable Innovation in Public Services

Open to all public sector organisations, this award recognises a team or project within the public service sector that have gone beyond statutory requirements of the Well-being of Future Generations Act.

Snowdon Partnership Plan – Snowdonia National Park

NRW’s Carbon Positive Project – Natural Resources Wales

Our Space – Public Health Wales / Greenstream Flooring

 

Sustainable Business – Sponsored by Gwyrdd Creative Communications

This category is open to businesses and entrepreneurs who have demonstrated that adopting innovative sustainability practices leads to business success.

The Sustainability Challenge 2016/17 – Griffiths

Responsible Finance – Robert Owen Community Banking

Sustainable New Build Systems and Retrofit Insulation Systems for Old Buildings – Ty-Mawr Lime

 

Sustainable Community Group – Sponsored by Asiantaeth Ynni Severn Wye Energy Agency

We are looking for inspirational voluntary groups and projects that have achieved positive change within their community.

Recycle4Charity – Pembrokeshire Care Share & Give

Pentrebane Zone

The Development of Pontyberem Park – Pontyberem Community Park Association

 

Sustainable Social Enterprise – Social Business Wales

Open to all Social Enterprises/Community Interest Companies who are delivering positive impact through inclusive and innovative approaches.

Wind Farm and Sustainable Community Fund – Awel Co-op

Community Energy Network – Datblygiadau Egni Gwledig (DEG)

Fair Energy – YnNi Teg

 

Sustainable Practice in Arts, Culture or Sport (NEW)

Open to organisations within the arts, cultural and sports sector who have significantly improved the environmental and social well-being of their organisation and/ or community.

BBC Roath Lock Studios – Sustainable TV Production Certificate

‘It Doesn’t Have To be That Way’ – Breaking the cycles of abuse, violence and control

Arts from the Armchair – Theatr Clwyd / Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board

 

VOTE NOW

Vote now in each category for the people, project or organisation that you think deserves to win a Sustain Wales Award.


 

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WCVA Launch New Resources and Guidance for the Third Sector

[:en]The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act marks a turning point in the sustainable development of Wales. In order to create the Wales We Want organisations need to enhance our natural resources as well as championing people power.

To tackle these big issues WCVA/ Environet Cymru have put together some handy toolkits to help you take positive actions for a better Wales, now and in the future.

The third sector contributes greatly towards the achievement of the goals and these factsheets and animation aim to help groups think more about their contributions in the context of the goals; enabling them to demonstrate the impact that they’re making.


The resources include an introduction to the Act, providing an overview of the Well-being of Future Generations Act as an innovative and practical policy; requiring public bodies underpin their work and decision making by working following five principles and in contribution to the 7 goals of the Act. They also provide information about why the Act has been developed and the role it plays in ensuring sustainable development of Wales.

There is a factsheet and animated explanation for each of the 7 goals which gives information about why the goals are important, how the third sector contributes and what we can do maximise our contributions. There are also statistics for reference and links to useful resources and support services.

Environet would like to promote these useful resources far and wide so please feel free to share them with as many people as you can!

Visit the WCVA/ Environet website for more information.[:]

European Sustainable Development Week – Celebrating a Sustainable Wales!

[:en]European Sustainable Development Week takes place between 30 May – 5 June. Throughout the week Cynnal Cymru will be sharing daily inspiration from across Wales, celebrating sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership.

We will be showcasing inspirational examples that link to the Well-being of Future Generations Act and the Sustainable Development Goals. You can follow the global conversation on twitter @cynnalcymru and @europeanSDWeek #ESDW2017

European Sustainable Development Week

The European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) is an initiative to facilitate the organisation of activities that promote sustainable development and make these efforts visible on a common platform. The recently adopted global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) articulates key issues that call for urgent action at all levels and by all stakeholders. The ESDW contributes to this ambitious, universal and transformative agenda by promoting the organisation of bottom-up activities that have a thematic link to and support the SDGs. As such, the ESDW aims to raise awareness for the 2030 Agenda in Europe and calls upon local stakeholders to actively engage with sustainable development, in general, and the SDGs, in particular.Throughout European Sustainable Development Week we will be sharing daily inspiration from across Wales, celebrating sustainability excellence, innovation and leadership.

Find out more about European Sustainable Development Week

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Wales’ first Future Generations Commissioner takes up post

[:en]Today (February 1st 2016) Sophie Howe takes up her post as Wales’ first statutory Future Generations Commissioner.

The establishment of the Commissioner, one of the first in the world, follows the National Assembly for Wales passing the Well-being of Future Generations Act last year.

Sophie Howe said: “For me, it’s a uniquely exciting, and slightly daunting, opportunity. For Wales, and for the people and organisations who campaigned for legislation, it’s another step towards creating a sustainable nation.

“This is a Wales in which we have a shared purpose to achieve a better and lasting quality of life for us all – the Wales we want. It’s a Wales where we work completely differently so we all make better decisions, transform services, tackle root problems and use scarce public money to maximum effect.

“We have to do things differently because we cannot carry on the way we currently live and work. The impact on public services of a growing older population, the pressures of climate change as seen most recently with flooding in parts of Wales, and the ongoing austerity agenda are just three of many reasons for doing things differently.”

The well-being duty placed on the Welsh Government, local councils, most NHS organisations, fire and rescue authorities, national parks and other all Wales public bodies, is set out in the Well-being of Future Generations Act and comes into force on 1 April.

Mari Arthur, Cynnal Cymru Co-director said: “This is a momentous time for Wales as we show the world we are ready to take action to create a more sustainable society. Cynnal Cymru is looking forward to working with Sophie Howe, her new office and our members towards becoming the first sustainable nation.”

While the initial focus of the Act will on public bodies, Cynnal Cymru will continue to engage with businesses and the third sector to ensure that sustainability is embedded throughout all organisations in Wales.[:cy]Ar ddydd Llun (1af Chwefror) bydd Sophie Howe yn cychwyn ar ei swydd fel Comisiynydd  Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol statudol cyntaf Cymru.

Mae sefydlu’r Comisiynydd, un o’r cyntaf yn y byd, yn dilyn pasio’r Ddeddf Llesiant Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol gan Gynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru llynedd.

Dywedodd Sophie Howe “I mi, mae’n gyfle neilltuol o gyffrous, ac ychydig yn frawychus. I Gymru, ac i’r bobl a’r sefydliadau a ymgyrchodd dros ddeddfwriaeth, mae’n gam arall ymlaen tuag at greu cenedl gynaliadwy.

“Dyma Gymru lle rydym yn rhannu’r awydd i wireddu gwell ansawdd bywyd parhaol i ni i gyd  –  y Gymru a garem. Mae’n Gymru lle byddwn yn gweithio mewn dull cwbl wahanol fel y gallwn i gyd wneud gwell penderfyniadau, trawsnewid gwasanaethau, mynd i’r afael â  phroblemau dwfn a defnyddio arian cyhoeddus, sy’n prinhau, mor effeithiol â phosibl.

“Mae’n rhaid i ni weithredu mewn ffordd wahanol oherwydd ni fedrwn barhau i weithio a byw fel ar hyn o bryd. Mae’r effaith ar wasanaethau cyhoeddus fel canlyniad i boblogaeth sy’n heneiddio, pwysau’r newid yn yr hinsawdd, fel y gwelwyd yn ddiweddar yn ystod y llifogydd mewn rhannau o Gymru, a’r agenda caledi parhaus yn dri rheswn o blith llawer, dros wneud pethau’n wahanol.”

Mae’r ddyletswydd llesiant a osodwyd ar Lywodraeth Cymru, cynghorau lleol, y rhan fwyaf o sefydliadau’r GIC, awdurdodau tân ac achub, parciau cenedlaethol a chyrff eraill cyhoeddus Cymru gyfan, wedi eu cofnodi yn y Ddeddf Llesiant Cenedlaethau’r Dyfodol ac a ddaw i rym ar 1af Ebrill.

Yn ychwanegol at ddefnyddio’r amser rhwng Chwefror ac Ebrill i recriwtio staff a sefydlu swyddfa bydd Sophie Howe yn gweithio ar ymateb ffurfiol i’r Dangosyddion Cenedlaethol a gyhoeddwyd gan Lywodraeth Cymru.

Dywedodd Sophie Howe: “Fy rôl yw cynghori, hybu ac annog dulliau cynaliadwy o weithio. Mae hon yn dasg enfawr a bydd angen i mi ganolbwyntio ar yr ardaloedd a fedr wneud y gwahaniaeth mwyaf. Rydw i’n awyddus i glywed beth ddylai’r blaenoriaethau  hyn fod ym marn pobl sy’n gweithio mewn sefydliadau ac yn byw mewn cymunedau ar draws Cymru.  Rydw i’n cynllunio i  dreulio llawer o amser yn ystod yr haf yn mynd o le i le yn gwrando ar bobl cyn cyhoeddi fy nghynlluniau yn yr hydref.”

Dywedodd Mari Arthur, Cyd-gyfarwyddwr Cynnal Cymru: “ Mae hwn yn amser pwysig iawn i Gymru wrth i ni ddangos i’r byd ein bod yn barod i weithredu i greu cymdeithas fwy cynaliadwy. Mae Cynnal Cymru’n edrych ymlaen at weithio gyda Sophie Howe, ei swyddfa newydd  a’n  haelodau tuag at ddod y genedl  gynaliadwy gyntaf.”

Tra bydd y Ddeddf yn canolbwyntio yn y lle cyntaf ar gyrff cyhoeddus, bydd Cynnal Cymru’n parhau i ymgysylltu â busnesau a’r trydydd sector i sicrhau bod cynaliadwyedd yn dod yn rhan hanfodol o holl weithgareddau holl sefydliadau Cymru.[:]

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