Priorities for the future of infrastructure in Wales

8 March 2017 

This seminar comes at a critical time in the development of Wales’ infrastructure, with the a number of major projects either in development or being proposed including: the South Wales Metro, ‘North Wales Metro’, Swansea city centre regeneration, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, Wylfa Newydd and the M4 relief road.

It is also scheduled during significant uncertainty over the effects of Brexit on the development and finance of infrastructure projects in Wales and comes as the Welsh Government looks to make best use of the new borrowing powers contained in the Wales Bill.

Sessions will focus on public finance for infrastructure after Brexit, attracting private investment, the role of infrastructure in urban regeneration, and ways the new Welsh planning system can be used to support the development of infrastructure.

The conference will bring together policymakers from both the Welsh and UK Governments, National Assembly for Wales and regulatory bodies along with key stakeholders and interest groups including engineering firms, infrastructure providers, planning lawyers, community groups, local authorities, charities and academics.

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The future of Wales’ environment: protecting natural resources, improving air quality and tackling climate change

24 November 2016

The Policy Forum for Wales aims to provide the premier environment for policymakers in the National Assembly for Wales, Welsh Government and government agencies to engage with key stakeholders in timely discussion on public policy issues in the areas that have been devolved to Cardiff Bay, or otherwise particularly affect Wales.

The Forum has in place a programme of consultation with members of the National Assembly for Wales, senior departmental officials, regulators, industry representatives, charities and action groups, professional bodies and academics, local government and others. We welcome input from any individuals or organisations with an interest in issues relevant to Wales.

Guests of Honour: Matthew Bell, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change and Matthew Quinn, Director, Environment and Sustainable Development, Welsh Government

Timed to follow the publication of the first State of Natural Resources Reportfrom Natural Resources Wales and coming ahead of the statutory National Natural Resources Policy, due to be published in Spring 2017, the seminar will focus on the future of environment policy in Wales.

Delegates will discuss challenges and opportunities for the sustainable management of Wales’ natural capital – including supporting biodiversity, marine conservation and land use management, along with strategies for reducing air pollution across Wales.

Further sessions will consider the role of Wales in international projects to tackle climate change, options for improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions in Wales, and proposals for adapting to a changing climate.

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Student Seminar: MSc Sustainable Heritage

8 November 2016

Please join us for our annual MSc Sustainable Heritage student seminar, where some of our recent graduates will present their research on a range of heritage and conservation topics. This seminar is open to everyone.
In a fast-changing world, the preservation and protection of our cultural heritage matters more than ever before. The MSc Sustainable Heritage is training a new generation of leaders and managers equipped to safeguard our heritage and inspire innovative uses of it.
Our MSc Sustainable Heritage course introduces you to the best and latest conservation policies, projects, methodologies and practices in the context of historic buildings, sites, landscapes and collections. This seminar is an excellent opportunity to learn about the innovative research our students have been doing and about our MSc Sustainable Heritage programme.

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Energy Efficiency in Traditionally Constructed Buildings

8 November 2016

This course will introduce those involved in the specification and inspection of historic buildings to issues of energy efficiency in traditionally constructed buildings. The course will consider both thermal/energy performance and the generation of ‘green’ energy within or on traditionally constructed buildings. Delegates will leave with a thorough understanding of the issues and the ability work through suggested interventions for buildings using conservation best practice.

Course topics are detailed here.