This series by Cardiff Capital Region, has shown that our transformation to a decarbonised economy built on a sustainable way of living will touch every part of our lives: from the way we produce heat, energy, fuel and power, to the type of buildings we live and work in, the modes of transport we use, the agricultural methods we employ to feed our nation – and even the way we make clothes that respect the environment and help safeguard the planet for future generations.
Creating a decarbonised economy founded on a sustainable way of living will take more than ‘just’ a transformation in the way we fuel our transport, power our industry and energise our built environment. It requires something of a paradigm shift in the way we all live - with micro and SME companies at the heart of this revolution, delivering low carbon sustainable services that, together, will drive the green economy and a new way of life.
The Cardiff Capital Region City Deal is delighted to be a member of the media.cymru Consortium which has won a £50m bid to develop a world-leading cluster for media innovation in the Cardiff Capital Region.
‘Hydrogen’, with its propensity to produce low-carbon energy capable of powering industry, homes and transport, has been a consistent theme during our series of features on decarbonisation and sustainability. And the wonderfully-evocative name ‘Riversimple’ has also been mentioned on a number of occasions – from the Milford Haven Energy Kingdom project to groundbreaking hydrogen and biomethane energy collaborations with Wales & West Utilities and Welsh Water – when showcasing how our region is pioneering the use of this clean, green gas.
The move towards a Green Economy, targeting zero emissions by 2050, is fast changing the way people work and live across the UK. With a significant percentage of decarbonisation needed to be achieved by the end of this decade, the pace of transformation will be monumental for all and potentially bewildering to many. Leigh Hughes, CSR Director of Bouygues Construction in the UK and CCR Chair of the Regional Skills Partnership, is concerned that the scale of change may confuse people and mean that we miss the opportunities ahead, for skills and life in general.
Last week we began to detail The Cardiff Capital Region ‘Five for Five’: the five key priority areas that will be hallmarks of CCR’s evolution over the next five years.
When the South Wales Industrial Cluster (SWIC) secured £1.5 million funding to support the development of a comprehensive decarbonisation plan starting in February this year, it was an acknowledgement that the second largest industrial emitter in the UK (South Wales releases the equivalent of 16 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, through industrial and energy generation) was taking serious steps on the road to become a net zero region by 2050.
Nine months ago, we interviewed Philippa Marsden to find out how Caerphilly Borough County was managing at the height of the pandemic - and explored Philippa’s own vision for building back better, through a re-imagined high street, a regenerated community and re-purposed borough focused on creating an inclusive prosperity. Philippa’s commitment to her role and passion towards her community shone through - and with her recent appointment to Deputy Chair of the CCR Regional Cabinet, we thought it an opportune time to revisit the conversation and hear Philippa’s latest thoughts on Caerphilly and also on the Region….
When Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined his Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution in November 2020, it was no coincidence that Point 1 and Point 2 - the generation of Offshore Wind and production of Hydrogen power - focused on delivering clean and green energy capable of powering every UK home by 2030.