Environment

Search is on to find climate change business heroes

A search has been launched to find Net Zero heroes as companies across North Wales and Merseyside battle to reduce carbon emissions. The challenge has been set by the North Wales Mersey Dee Business Council who are organising a major online conference, Net Zero 2021, on Thursday, May 20, in a bid to inspire business […]

North Wales rapeseed waste for beauty products, burgers, and building panels

Scientists from Bangor University are working on a three-year £3million European scheme to save millions of tons of waste from food production being dumped in landfill or in the fields. They aim to turn the unused leftovers from fruit, vegetable and grain crops from agriculture into products ranging from chemicals for the food industry, building […]

Ocean scientists use seabed mapping to help position giant windfarm

Scientists at Bangor University are playing a critical role in paving the way for one of the world’s biggest wind farms off the coast of North Wales. They are working with German renewable energy giant RWE on the siting of the Awel y Mor extension which will more than double the size of the Gwynt […]

Seabed survey is major staging post for £590m tidal lagoon project

Plans for a £590 million tidal lagoon have taken a major step forward after the “encouraging” preliminary results of a seabed survey. The initial findings of the second of a series of three studies showed the sea floor below the Dee Estuary is well-suited to bear the load of the proposed 6.7 kilometre lagoon wall, […]

North Wales can become hub of UK’s green future says top nuclear scientist

North Wales is in pole position to become the hub of the UK’s green energy future, according to the leading scientist who heads Bangor University’s Nuclear Futures Institute. At stake is £525 million for a new generation of small nuclear reactors (SMRs) which can be used to produce medical isotopes as well as power with […]

Planners give green light to high tech homes that will provide £60m boost to local economy

The go-ahead has been given for 107 new homes in the Conwy Valley which are “ideal for homeworkers” and will provide a £60 million boost to the local economy. Conwy County Borough Council’s planning committee gave their blessing to the Maes-y-Felin scheme on the outskirts of Glan Conwy. According to Calon Homes, it will also […]

Social enterprise unveils ambitious plans for 350 zero carbon homes and 50 new jobs

A social enterprise has announced ambitious plans to build nearly 350 carbon zero homes after clinching a five-year deal with the company that developed them. Creating Enterprise have signed a contract with Beattie Passive giving them exclusive rights to their pioneering Passivhaus build system in North Wales until 2025. Around 50 new jobs will be […]

Solar energy grant helps rural campaigners give power to the people

Community campaigners determined to make their town the greenest in Wales are celebrating a National Lottery grant worth almost £10,000 to help tackle climate change. South Denbighshire Community Partnership (SDCP) is one of 30 organisations in Wales to receive a grant from The National Lottery Climate Action Fund worth £9,655 to boost efforts to reduce […]

Locals rally to back town’s home-grown renewable energy project

A plan to transform Corwen into one of Wales’s greenest towns with its own renewable energy scheme fed by locally-generated hydro and solar power systems has won the support of residents. The Corwen Energy Local project is scheduled to go live in April and aims to sign up 60 households to switch to low-cost, eco-friendly […]

Green-fingered schoolchildren help food distribution firm plant more than 500 trees

A GREEN-FINGERED group of schoolchildren have helped a growing food distribution firm plant more than 500 trees as part of an ongoing commitment to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. Harlech Foodservice, which has its headquarters on Parc Bwyd, Llanystumdwy, near Criccieth, enlisted the skills of 10 youngsters, aged between seven and 11 from nearby Ysgol […]