ecocentre_logo65px.gifEco Centres Wales - energy, environment, education

The Eco Centre Wales is a Non Governmental Organisation. It is governed by a board of trustees.

It was established in 1980. It comprised a local group of volunteers who wanted to campaign positively on the issues of energy saving and renewable energy generation; and campaign positively against increasing reliance on fossil fuels and its contribution to acid rain and global warming, the move to nuclear power and the increasing risk of fuel poverty in the local population as a result of very high fuel prices.

Its remit is the promotion of the issues surrounding energy use and the environment, encapsulated by its charitable objectives:

  • the advancement of public education in all aspects of energy conservation and energy use;
  • the relief of fuel poverty in the local population;
  • the advancement of public education in matters relating to the environment, insofar as they relate to energy conservation and energy use.

It meets these objectives in a number of ways and by working with a variety of partners and stakeholders and a wide audience.


The four main planks of ECW’s work are:

  • energy efficiency
  • renewable energy
  • environmental education – climate change and sustainability
  • fuel poverty

In each of these areas the organisation works with government, statutory authorities, schools, communities and other third sector bodies to deliver its objectives. The audience for this work ranges from school-age children, teachers, householders, community groups, planners, housing officers and other local authority staff, installers, utility companies, health boards and government.

Key achievements are:

  • Pioneering energy saving schemes
  • Independent energy advice service
  • Delivering the Energy Saving Trust advice service
  • Renewable energy schemes and projects, working with communities and householders including advice, site visits, feasibility, project design and development and funding advice
  • Education programmes that work within the school to promote climate change and sustainability
  • Education programmes that develop materials and resources for children and teachers
  • Developing, promoting and managing insulation schemes/partnerships
  • Developing affordable warmth action plans with LA’s and stakeholders
  • Working with communities towards low carbon action plan.

Despite its local origins, the work of the ECO Centre has expanded so that can be accessed across the whole of Wales and in some cases across the UK. Our technical advice service is regularly used by people from all over the UK. Our Climate Change Wales website is used by teachers and pupils from schools around the country and the ECO Centre website and its factsheets are frequently used by people from all over the world.  It has consolidated this pan-Wales position with its two offices and enjoys a level of support from the statutory and government sector as a result of its work and partnerships.

The ECO Centre currently has two offices. One is in Newport Pembrokeshire and the other is in Mold, Flintshire in North Wales.

It employs 12 people in a number of projects meeting the aims stated above.

ROLE IN THE PROJECT

Expert group, with a specialism in education – both in the schools sector and the general public

We are very pleased to be a partner in the RETS project. Wales is a small region with big ambitions. The ECO Centre has been at the forefront of this drive to become a sustainable nation. We have been supporting the development of small scale RES for 30 years. And we continue to do so. RETS allows us to work more strategically with local authorities and the Welsh Government to share good practice and promote our own examples of RES and the development that has supported them.

It is also a good opportunity to work with so many partners from around the EU. Looking at some of the RES developments is helping us promote similar schemes in Wales.   The Study Visits are very rewarding and it was a welcome challenge to arrange West Wales visit so that it included so many interesting site visits and seminars.

We look forward to the next two years working with ADEC and the RETS partners.

Lower St. Mary Street, Newport,
Pembrokeshire. SA42 0TS UK
www.ecocentre.org.uk
 

Eco Centre Wales

Tim BREW


Education manager
Lower St Mary Street, Newport
SA42 0TS - Pembs.
Tel. 01239 821903
Fax. 01239 820801
www.ecocentre.org.uk


Jake HOLLYFIELD


Director
Lower St Mary Street, Newport
SA42 0TS - Pembs.
Tel. 01239 821900
Fax. 01239 820801
www.ecocentre.org.uk