How green is Wales?

CEWales played a central role in supporting the Welsh Government deliver a Wales Climate Week in early December, Cat Griffith-Williams explains

CEWales played a central role in supporting the Welsh Government deliver a Wales Climate Week in early December. Making sure that every element of the built environment supply chain understands the issues surrounding climate change and the role Welsh construction can play in mitigating further damage to the planet is vital. If we accept the data and learn from the science then cutting emissions during building and refurbishment work can be achieved by designing, planning and working differently. It is these types of issues that CEWales is obliged to promote.

So, it was brilliant to be part of Wales Climate Week. The attendance and engagement throughout the week were inspiring and the overall success of each event is a true achievement by all involved – something that Lesley Griffiths MS, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs told us directly. She commented, “Wales Climate Week is not a one off and we will continue to work with you and our stakeholders to contribute and shape our all Wales Low Carbon Plan. Together we can develop a Team Wales approach to ensure Wales maximises the opportunities of COP26.”

In appreciation, the Welsh Government will plant trees on behalf of CEWales as part of its Wales and Africa Programme. This project has already safeguarded an area of forestry the Size of Wales, with the First Minister planting the 10th Million tree here in Wales last year. Trees will be planted in schools, gardens and farms in Mbale, to help stabilise the soil, provide food, shade and a valuable source of income for people in a region that is already being affected by climate change.

We are looking forward to receiving the certificates and further details on the planting of these trees in the coming weeks once the Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs has sent us the information.

It’s great to know CEWales has the backing of Welsh Government and that we are very much part of the Team Wales.