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How Wales is Leading the Way in Clean Energy Transition

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A number of Welsh initiatives aiming to transition to clean energy were highlighted in the first of four COP26 Regional Roadshows last week.

The ‘Energy Transition’ event, hosted at M-Sparc on Anglesey, brought together Lesley Griffiths MS – the Minister for Rural Affairs and North Wales, and Trefnydd – and several experts in clean energy transition to discuss Wales’ existing initiatives, and the opportunities and challenges of developing future low-carbon projects.

Speakers also discussed the need for a “multi-vector grid”, where different forms of renewable energy – such as hydrogen and marine energy – complement each other. One of the projects outlined was HyNet, an innovative low carbon and hydrogen energy plan with the potential to reduce CO₂ emissions by 10 million tonnes every year by 2030, as well as the work of Menter Môn – a not for profit company supporting tidal energy power initiatives such as the Holyhead Deep.

As well as innovations in science and tech, the roadshows also looked at the work of communities across the country that are leading the way in energy transition, while also tackling issues such as energy poverty, active travel as well as behavioural change and innovative community hubs. One such group is DEG, an award-winning social enterprise supporting community-led action across northwest Wales.

Wales has strong, resilient and determined communities that have allowed it to punch well above its weight in industry– and the Energy Transition roadshow brought a number of these innovative plans to the fore.

To find out more or sign up to the COP Cymru virtual regional roadshows or any of the Wales Climate Week events, visit the COP Cymru event platform.

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COP Cymru is a series of events that provide an opportunity for stakeholders and everyone in Wales to engage in important conversations about climate change through:

– The launch of the new Net Zero Wales Plan on 28 October where Ministers will set out the next stage in our pathway (2021 to 2025) to net zero by 2050.
– Four Regional Roadshow events across Wales (between 4 and 10 November) highlighting examples of best practice and allowing participants to engage in important conversations around the key COP26 Presidency Programme themes. All Regional Roadshows are open to the public as virtual events.
– Wales Climate Week (from 22 to 26 November) a five-day nationwide conversation on the Net Zero Wales plan and the collective action needed, to ensure Wales meets its climate change targets and adapts to the changing weather patterns we are already experiencing.

All COP Cymru events will be broadcast live on the Live Content page. Registered delegates can also access ‘on-demand’ content, information on fringe events and other resources, or contact the organisers of Wales Climate Week by navigating our home page menu options.

 

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