With sustainability firmly on the UK Government agenda, one of Wales’ leading tech hubs, Tramshed Tech and Barclays Eagle Labs launch a festival around green and sustainable business.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, agreed by world leaders at the UN in 2015, outlines 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), many of which centre around sustainable development and innovation across energy, industrialisation, climate change, marine resources and inclusion, to name a few.
There have been several exciting advancements within green tech, innovation and sustainably in Wales in recent years to include a new Green Industries Cluster launched in July 2021. This cluster brings together key organisations driving decarbonisation and shaping sustainability across the country. The Welsh government have also recently published ‘Wales: A Sustainable Space Nation’, unveiling plans for the local space sector. According to Economy Minister Vaughan Gething, Wales intends to take up to 5% of the UK’s space sector on the global market by 2040, which would boost the local economy by billions of pounds every year.
Chris Skinner, Eagle Lab Ecosystem Manager at Barclays UK says;
We all have a role to play on how we can support businesses to transition to Net Zero. In March 2020, we announced our ambition to be a net zero bank by 2050, becoming one of the first banks to do so. We are also a founding member of the Net Zero Banking Alliance.
We are investing £175m in innovative and environmentally-focused early-stage companies by 2025 and aim to facilitate £100bn of Green Financing by 2030.
Barclays also has in place various initiatives to support start-ups and entrepreneurs who are focused on developing solutions to solve environmental and social issues, for example the Sustainable Impact Capital Initiative, Unreasonable Impact and of course our Eagle Lab network which is supporting a range of businesses focused on the Net Zero agenda.
Tramshed Tech and Barclays Eagle Labs Green and Sustainable Business Festival will bring together pioneers and innovators in the space and welcome attendees to enjoy eye-opening and informative keynotes, peruse a spectrum of local green business stalls, and meet special guests.
Jess Phillips, Enterprise and Innovation Manager at Tramshed Tech says;
At Tramshed Tech we aim to support our network to focus on the green agenda and develop solutions for environmental and sustainability challenges. Smaller businesses will play a crucial role in driving the changes required in the Net Zero transition.
Most are at an early stage in their transition, but with small businesses accounting for 43-53% of greenhouse gas emissions (by UK businesses) the positive impact of this reduction is huge. Sustainability and a developing a net zero economy is an issue close to our hearts and we strive to increase ambition, accountability and opportunity in this space.
Project Blu is a multi-award-winning sustainable pet business who went from a boot-strapped start-up to a global sustainable leader in less than 12 months. Alongside the core business which turns polluting materials into eco-friendly designs, Project Blu collaborates with the world’s largest retailers to help them hit their ESG goals.
With the UK leading in offshore energy, ARC Marine saw an opportunity to bring nature-inclusive solutions to traditional marine industries. ARC Marine is an award-winning eco-engineering company on a mission to repair the world’s damaged marine ecosystem on an unprecedented scale. ARC Marine’s Reed Cubes® produce 91% less CO2 than their concrete counterparts, they’re plastic-free and are also made from 98% recycled materials.
Bantham Technologies specialise in digital capture and information sharing via digital forms and digital pens. Bantham’s claims to be better for your budget and environment with average savings of £250 per user per month and 409 trees saved in 2021 alone by helping our clients switch to paperless.