Seminars in West Wales - 7th June 2011, 13th and 15th March 2012

Sustainable Energy Best Practice in the European Regions
Seminar Tour:

St Asaph, Optic Technium
Swansea University
13th and 15th March 2012

Eco Centre Wales hosted a double seminar (one in the North of Wales, repeating it in the South) on some of the best examples of sustainable energy developments today.
The seminars had a similar programme, with a couple of minor programme variations.
The free seminars were designed for local and national government officers and statutory bodies but were also open to industry and the third sector.
Guest speakers presented their own work.
Biographies and Presentation summaries

Tuesday, 13th March 2012 Thursday, 15th March 2012
St Asaph, North Wales Seminar St Asaph, North Wales Seminar
Chair: Einir Young, Head of Sustainable Development,
Welsh Institute of Natural Sciences, Bangor University
Chair: Peter Davies, Sustainable Development Commissioner
Jake Hollyfield, Eco Centre Wales
Welcome and introduction to the RETS project
Ruby Hammer, Stafford University, England
Effective Community Consultations
Rami Malki, Low Carbon Research Institute Marine, Wales
A round up of marine energy projects in Wales
Tobias Cossen, juwi AG, Germany
Winning support for wind farms
Dr Carmen Mateescu, ICPE-CA, Romania
Biomass to biogas in rural areas
Networking lunch
Site tour of Optic Glandŵr PV Wall and sustainable businesses  
Jos van Rooy, Sittard-Geleen City Council, Netherlands
District Energy Teams; efficiency measures on large scale
Jérôme le Bel, Pézenas City Council, France
A wood fired village heating system
Tobias Cossen, juwi AG, Germany
Shaping a local 'deep green' planning policy
Péter Práczki, Vescés Town Council, Hungary
Heat pumps and geothermal energy
Eco Centre Wales
Closing remarks


Seminar in West Wales - 7th June 2011

Renewable Energy in Secondary and further Education
7th June 2011 in Cardiff

National Museum of Wales, Cathays, Cardiff


To produce an outcome which shared experience, expertise and stimulate discussion around renewable energy in secondary schools.

  • Its place in the curriculum
  • Use of renewables as a learning resource
  • Its contribution to reducing the green house gas emissions from school sites

In addition we created a protocol for working effectively with teachers and other local authority staff who are not renewable energy specialists.
This event was being organised by the West Wales ECO Centre.
In preparation for the event we worked with teachers and other school staff from different local authorities across Wales. Each of these groups produced an output which was shared at the seminar. 

The groups were coordinated by Sustainable Education experts from the following organisations:
Centre for Alternative Technology    
National Botanic Garden of Wales
The National Museum of Wales SCAN project

Five working groups from across Wales shared their renewable energy education work.
There was also be a presentation on the RETS tool and how it could support the education sector.


Renewable Energies Transfer System (RETS) project and background to the work done in education in Wales
Centre of Alternative Technology and Penweddig School - Activities and Resources to support the teaching of the new Geography GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) and work opportunities on sustainable futures.
Jane Richmond, National Botanic Garden of Wales and Glan y Mor School, (Bury Port), Wales - Investigating web 2.0 and renewable energy
Arnaud Kehren, ADEC, France - Experience of using a collaborative tool for professional development of local authority staff
Péter Práczki, Vecsés, Hungary - Teaching renewable energy in Hungarian Schools

AnnMacGarry and Jo Gwillim, Centre of Alternative Technology and Coleg Llandrillo, Wales - RETS and Coleg Llandrillo
Danielle Cowell and Nicola Pain, National Museum of Wales and Cardiff High School, Wales - Developing resources on the St Fagans site to support Welsh Baccalaureate students researching renewable energy
Scott Sinclair, ESDGC Network and Sir Thomas Picton School - School's preparations for a connected learning approach to renewable energy
Tim Brew, Eco Centre Wales - Bringing this all together and taking it forward
Jake Hollyfield, Eco Centre Wales - Closing comments