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The project has successfully developed and delivered a suite of demonstration projects, with the support of colleagues across NRW.

These projects showcase opportunities to reduce emissions, increase carbon storage and protect carbon stocks to deliver action now on the organisation's carbon impact.

Case studies are being produced to capture our experience and learning for others and will be available as part of sharing our approach.

Buildings

  • LED lighting in 10 offices, saving around 44 tonnes CO2e per year

  • Solar PV panels planned for 9 buildings, predicted to save 50 tonnes CO2e per year

  • Energy efficient boilers and biomass boilers in our buildings. Our biomass boiler at Coed y Brenin is predicted to save 50 tonnes

Solar panels on a NRW building

Transport

  • Delivering three Nissan Leaf fully electric vehicles in the fleet (based at Maes-y-Ffynnon, Buckley and Llandarcy), alongside installing charging points at these offices and Haverfordwest. Staff demonstration sessions and clear user guidance were key in the successful launch, which has seen up to 73% utilisation of vehicles in their first month of use

  • Installing electric vehicle charging points for visitors at two key visitor centres – Coed y Brenin and Bwlch Nant yr Arian

NRW electric car

Land and assets

  • Over 50 hectares of peatland restoration protecting key carbon stocks

  • 6.7 hectares of broadleaved woodland planting at three sites incorporating community benefits. Our planting in the Gethin Forest will store an additional 2,148  tonnes CO2e per year

  • Installation of solar PV on flood risk assets (eg gauging stations) to reduce dependency on grid electricity. Our installation planned for Cilfrew gauging station will generate over 900kWh of renewable electricity to power the asset

View of trees growing in Gethin woodland

Procurement

  • Developing a Carbon Management Policy for procurement in NRW

  • Trialling new assessment tools

  • Influencing key contracts, including trialling a carbon planning tool to address carbon in our civil engineering framework. Other organisations and their contractors have achieved over 40% carbon emissions reductions in the construction of major flood defence schemes using the tool. Key staff in NRW’s procurement and projects delivery teams have now been trained in its use

  • Working with forestry operations staff to refine estimates of contractor emissions from forestry harvesting and haulage, providing a robust evidence base from which to identify opportunities to reduce emissions

 

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