Green Websites in Wales

From climate change campaigners to government policy advisers, there's no shortage of environmental organisations in Wales. We've listed some of the main green groups and added links to a range of websites but if you want to suggest others or add your own organisation to this section, please get in touch.

CPRW

The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW) is a charity which was set up in 1928 to protect and enhance the Welsh landscape and environment. Although in favour of renewable energy sources, it has voiced concern about the development of wind farms which it says has "led to concentration of damaging schemes in the unspoilt uplands of Wales". Based in Welshpool, CPRW also has 17 regional branches across the country.

Carbon Trust Wales

The Carbon Trust offers interest-free loans and free energy efficiency advice to businesses and public sector organisations looking to reduce their carbon emissions. It also seeks to develop the commercial opportunities of low carbon technology. The Carbon Trust is an independent company which was set up by the UK Government in 2001. Carbon Trust Wales has offices in Nantgarw near Caerphilly and receives funding from the Welsh Assembly Government.

Centre for Alternative Technology

The Centre for Alternative Technology was set up in a disused quarry near Machynlleth in Powys in 1973. It aims to promote a more sustainable way of life and to demonstrate practical ways of addressing environmental issues such as climate change and pollution. CAT offers free information as well as residential courses and other events.

Countryside Council for Wales

The Countryside Council for Wales is a public body which advises the Welsh Assembly Government on wildlife and landscape conservation issues. As part of its work, it administers environmental grants to charities and other non-profit-making organisations. CCW's head offices are based in Bangor but it has another 12 regional offices across Wales.

Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales

Cynnal Cymru-Sustain Wales is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which was set up to promote sustainable development and to provide practical information to help people live sustainably. Its work focuses on three main areas - changing behaviour and increasing awareness of sustainability; influencing government and advising ministers on sustainable policy, and promoting public debate on sustainability issues.

Energy Saving Trust

A UK-wide organisation, the Energy Saving Trust offers free advice and support on how you can save energy in your home. It has an advice centre in Wales but you can also fill in an online questionnaire giving you a free personalised home energy report which could lead to savings of up to £300. Information and guidance is also available on low carbon transport options, renewable technologies available for domestic use and waste reduction.

Environment Agency

In Wales, the Environment Agency is a public body which is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government. Its principal aims are to protect and improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development. The agency also has responsibility for protecting communities from the risk of flooding and managing water resources.

Environment Centre

The Environment Centre is a charity which was set up by the Swansea Environment Forum to support envrionmental groups in South Wales and to provide information on sustainability issues to local people. The centre opened in the old Telephone Exchange building in Swansea in 1995 and works closely with other voluntary organisations, groups and local schools.

Environment Wales

Environment Wales was set up in 1992 and administered by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action. It is a partnership of: BTCV Cymru, Cylch, Cymad, West Wales Eco Centre, Groundwork Wales, Keep Wales Tidy, The National Trust, WCVA and the Wildlife Trust Wales.

Friends of the Earth Cymru

Friends of the Earth Cymru was set up in 1984 to campaign on environmental issues in Wales. Its five main campaign areas include climate change, planning, food, transport and waste. The organisation is funded mainly by donations and employs five people, based mainly in Cardiff.

Keep Wales Tidy

Keep Wales Tidy says the focus of its work is to encourage local action to protect and enhance the environment of Wales. It tackles a range of issues such as littering, flytipping, dog fouling, graffiti, flyposting and vandalism. It also aims to tackle anti-social behaviour by trying to change people's behaviour so that they do not have a negative impact on the quality of their local environment.

Groundwork Wales

Set up more than 20 years ago, Groundwork in Wales is a leading environmental regeneration charity which promotes sustainable development in deprived communities. It describes its approach to sustainable development and regeneration as holistic, aiming to tackle environmental, economic and social problems at the same time. There are also four regional Groundwork Trusts in Wales - in Bridgend & Neath Port Talbot; Merthyr & Rhondda Cynon Taf; Caerphilly, and Wrexham & Flintshire.

Sustainable Development Commission Wales

The Sustainable Development Commission Wales is the Welsh Assembly Government's independent advisory body on sustainable development. The Commission reports directly to the First Minister for Wales on key areas including local government, regeneration and health. The SDC Commissionner in Wales is Peter Davies who also co-ordinates the Prince of Wales's Charities in Wales.

Sustrans Cymru

Sustrans Cymru is part of the UK-wide Sustrans charity which campaigns for sustainable transport in the UK. It aims to reduce the environmental and resource impacts of transport, to provide car-free access to essential local services and to promote what it calls 'active travel' by encouraging people to cycle or walk to work. Among the projects in which it is involved are the creation of a national cycle network, safe routes to schools and low carbon travel.

Wales Environment Link

Wales Environment Link is an umbrella body representing more than 30 organisations involved in safeguarding and improving the quality of the environment in Wales. It aims to keep members up to date with political and project developments on the environmental front, and helps to present the collective views of its members to government and other bodies. Among its members are the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, the Centre for Alternative Technology, the National Trust, Sustrans Cymru and WWF Cymru.

Waste Awareness Wales

Waste Awareness Wales is a public campaign aimed at reducing, reusing and recycling waste. It is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and provides official information to the public about managing materials and resources more sustainably, and reducing waste.

WWF Cymru

Based in Cardiff Bay, WWF Cymru is the Wales office of WWF-UK. It says it focuses on policy work and lobbying to ensure that the environment and sustainability are high on the political and media agendas. Its bilingual Pocket Green Guide shows individuals how they can reduce their personal impact on the environment.

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