Informing

Food ‘waste’ redistribution in North East Wales: feasibility study

Waste food

“The feasibility study undertaken by Fiona [Partner at Sustainable Change] with Sastun explored opportunities for surplus food re-distribution in NE Wales, and positioned the need in the region centre stage and provided a developmental route map towards implementation. Fiona's knowledge, enthusiasm, attention to detail as well as her flexibility makes her an ideal consultant or colleague and I would certainly recommend her to others.”

Eifion Williams, Environment Wales & Community Recycling Network (Joint Role)

Working with Associates (Sastun and CMS), we successfully bid* to deliver a feasibility study to explore the need and opportunity for a FareShare or similar service in North East Wales. FareShare UK is a national charity distributing surplus in-date ‘waste’ food to those that most need it and operates through franchises and hubs across much of the UK.

Climate impacts of M4 road scheme

"We needed a concise yet thorough report that would help us with the important job of ensuring that climate change is at the heart of policy-making in Wales and is fully considered in the case of plans for the M4. That is exactly what Sustainable Change Co-operative and Tyndall Manchester delivered.”

James Byrne, Wildlife Trusts Wales

With plans to relieve congestion on the M4 around Newport moving forward, the Wildlife Trusts Wales and others were concerned that sufficient attention had not been paid to implications for carbon emissions. To rectify this they commissioned, with funding from the Climate Change Commission Wales, Tyndall Manchester and Sustainable Change Co-operative to produce a concise report exploring the issues. We undertook a review of literature, covering areas such as how building new roads encourages greater demand and the amounts of carbon that are associated with road construction.

Social housing provider explores community energy

"Sustainable Change Cooperative provided a clear, concise and well informed report that is now helping shape how we can encourage the uptake of renewable energy within our communities."

Adam Hackett Head of Sustainability and Safety, Aster Property

Sustainable Change Co-operative was invited to help Aster Group, a large social housing provider, explore how it might support the development of co-operative and community energy projects within its estate and communities. A variety of practical options were proposed, drawing on existing co-operative and community groups; what is happening locally to Aster; community share offers; the knowledge of other specialists in co-operative energy; and wider research.  

Solar making sense for vegetable growers

“The work that Sustainable Change did for our solar power project was great. We found them to be knowledgeable, professional & quick to reply. Their advice was clear, and they were happy to answer any further questions we had. So, all in all, a great service! Thank you very much.”

Rob, Moss Brook Growers

Moss Brook Growers, a local organic vegetable producer, working with Unicorn Grocery and GMCVO,was looking to commission a 15kW solar array and needed help understanding possible returns, as well as energy and carbon savings.

Shale Gas in the UK

Fracking

Sustainable Change Cooperative assisted the Tyndall Centre in delivering an important report for the Cooperative examining issues associated with the possible exploitation of shale gas in the UK. This is as an unconventional way of obtaining natural gas that has expanded rapidly in the United States, and is now being explored in the UK.

Climate research for the Welsh Assembly Government

“This was a ground-breaking project and we needed support from researchers we could trust to deliver timely and high quality work. We were not disappointed! We continue to work closely with Sustainable Change Co-operative.” 

Professor Kevin Anderson, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Research


Recognising the need to rapidly reduce carbon emissions but not really knowing what this would mean, the Welsh Assembly Government commissioned a research project led by Tyndall Manchester and assisted by ourselves.

Social housing provider and sustainable communities

“Sustainable Change Co-operative helped us develop our ideas and responded quickly to our requests to change the brief. It’s refreshing to work with people who are truly passionate about what they do. We will definitely work with them again.”

Bob Pleasance Project Manager, Adactus Housing


Adactus, a large Northwest-based social housing provider, was looking for help understanding all the elements that make up a sustainable community and asked if we could support them as they prepared a large bid to support the regeneration of a suburb of Manchester.  

Financial institute looks to sway 1million+ customers on energy use

“The research was extremely thorough and resulted in a professional report full of practical and innovative options for going forward. We got exactly what we asked for and more.”

Rob Lawson, CR Manager Provident Financial Plc


Provident Financial, keen to actively engage its 1.5million+ customers on climate change and energy related issues, sought advice on some options that might be available to them. It was clear that there were many communications channels used by the business and successful awareness raising campaigns to draw upon.  These existing mechanisms, combined with our expertise, experience and reserach technicqes, enabled a Top 10 list of practical ideas to evolve.

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