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Pathfinder Progress

2nd December 2011

Pathfinder Progress

          Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group were delighted to welcome Peter Willis of the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme to their recent meeting.

          Peter explained that the aim of the programme was to record, support and learn about community based action on climate change. The project is not about telling people what to do but to find out what is already being achieved. The data obtained will be recorded on a nationwide database which will be used to help guide other similar groups and help determine future Welsh Government policy.

          Already 700 projects have been identified across Wales with over 100 in the Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire area. They are all inspiring community based actions. Best practice is identified and though no financial assistance is available there are existing 'pots' that the Programme can signpost groups to.

          Three learning communities have been chosen to become case studies. These are not traditional green groups and the work is still at a early stage. Climate change and carbon reduction are the criteria and this breaks down into four main areas transport, energy, food and water.

          The three case studies include Pembroke 21C the most established group which is setting up a food project called 'Make a Difference'. The second is a sheltered housing scheme in Pembroke where there is great concern over rising fuel and water costs. The third scheme is in Llanelli where the main thrust is to address fuel poverty.

          Many community groups currently work on energy projects, such as neighbourhood energy challenges, energy audits, carbon foot-printing and setting reduction challenges. Appointing Energy Champions in schools, where pupils help their school to save energy and bring down costs, is particularly commendable. Retrofitting energy saving measures, often sponsored by the Welsh Government, are also highlighted. Recipients must also be advised that the aim is not to allow them to open windows whilst the heating is on or to wear shorts and tee-shirts in December but to reduce their energy consumption and bills!

          Food is a wide ranging issue. Community growing space, allotments, home growing, garden share, veg box schemes, farmers markets, encouraging local outlets to use local produce are all encouraged. Narberth Transition are planting fruit and nut trees around the town and they may be harvested by the general public. Campaigns aimed at reducing consumption of meat and dairy products, reducing use of air freighted fruit and vegetables and not wasting food will be added to the database. It has been shown that if people buy locally only what they need there is very little waste.

          Innovative transport schemes have been noted, such as the Carmarthenshire 'book-a-bus' scheme which takes people from where they live to a trunk road to access a bus. Car sharing and car pooling, walking rather than using the car for short journeys, the 'walking bus' for school pupils are other such schemes.

          Peter stressed that there were many inspirational and innovative groups that were already involved, either directly or indirectly, with reducing carbon emissions.

          The Chair thank Peter for a fascinating and thought provoking account of the Pathfinder Programme.


Past Articles
4th November 2011The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.
30th September 2011How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project
23rd September 2011PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre
5th August 2011The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills
24th June 2011The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre
27th May 2011Electric Cars The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
13th May 2011Are electric cars the way forward?: A talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
22nd April 2011Sustainability in Action: A visit to the Science & Technology Park (Technium) in Pembroke Dock
1st April 2011A Revolution in Wind Energy?: A talk by Vaughan Griffiths from Quietrevolution, Pembroke Dock
25th February 2011Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency
14th January 2011The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy
12th November 2010How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming
15th October 2010Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline
10th August 2010The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels
18th June 2010Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth
16th April 2010Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People
12th March 2010Heat Pumps & Photo Voltaic Panels: Prepare for the Goodlife
12th February 2010Parliamentary Candiates at Green Question Time in Saundersfoot
15th January 2010Weather & Climate: A Question of Energy
4th December 2009Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire
13th November 2009Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example
16th October 2009Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines
2nd October 2009A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind
11th September 2009Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire
10th July 2009A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential
12th June 2009St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability
24th April 2009Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire
13th March 2009Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun
13th February 2009Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?
14th November 2008Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG
17th October 2008PSEEG to become a Registered Charity

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