Growing Mid Wales, in partnership with Powys and Ceredigion County Councils, has hosted a decarbonisation event, bringing together industry leaders, experts, and businesses committed to exploring ways to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and energy costs.

The event ‘Sustainable business solutions in Mid Wales: Minimising emissions and costs’ featured insightful panel discussions, interactive workshops, and presentations from Business Wales, the Regional Skills Partnership and the energy networks. Attendees had the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and practical strategies to decarbonise their operations and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Ceredigion County Councillor Keith Henson, Cabinet Member for Highways and Environmental Services and Carbon Management and Powys County Councillor Jackie Charlton, Cabinet Member for a Greener Powys said: “We are thrilled to see the widespread commitment from businesses across sectors to embrace decarbonisation as a fundamental aspect of their operations.

“This event served as a platform to share knowledge, showcase innovations, and forge collaborations that will collectively drive the transition to a low-carbon economy.

“It was great to see Mid Wales businesses also benefit from the wide and varied support available to understand how decarbonising their business can help promote Mid Wales as a place to do green business with."

The event aligns with Growing Mid Wales’ and the two local authorities’ ongoing mission to empower businesses to adopt sustainable practices and reduce their carbon footprint.

Bargoed Farm, the host of the event, is committed to becoming a carbon neutral business. During the event Geraint Thomas, Bargoed Farm owner, provided a tour, showing the sustainability practices they currently follow.

He said: “The decarbonisation event was a great opportunity for us to share current practices, our knowledge and ways we’ve addressed challenges so that we could help to show other businesses how to start or ramp up their sustainability journey. Let's carry forward this momentum, I hope that this is the first of many opportunities that will bring green business in Mid Wales to the forefront of conversation.”

National Grid Electricity Distribution (NGED), National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET), Scottish Power Energy Network (SPEN) and Wales and West Utilities (WWU) sponsored the event.