The NRN-LCEE funded workshop ‘Enhancing the Resilience of Businesses in Wales: Achieving Water and Energy Savings’ took place in Newtown on Friday 26th of January 2018. It was organised by Bangor University, in collaboration with Aberystwyth University and Cardiff University. Our team (Fig. 1) delivered the workshop and represented the Dwr-Uisce project. Invited speakers also represented Centre of Alternative Technology, Waterwise, Adnams Southwold, Dulas, Bangor Sustainability Lab and Trinity College Dublin (Fig. 2). The event aimed to discuss energy and water, it’s value to Wales, what the future holds for these resources, and consider what direction the region is taking to ensure their continued availability. The detailed programme is available here.
Other participants from across Wales who attended were representing businesses who primarily deliver energy solutions, and several organisations (Fig.3) who work with businesses to enhance their market growth, with less representation evident for expertise and prioritization of water efficiency. This was possibly the message reflected in the day, that energy is being discussed and is actively addressed, and perhaps water needs just as much focus. Another important point outlined by several speakers was the behavioural change aspect is so important to future sustainability of energy and water resources, and technological solutions will only take us so far.
The workshop was a useful opportunity to develop a growing network of businesses who can deliver the services required to event. Linking with some key business sector and specific businesses that can be supported through the expertise represented at the event was identified, and it is hoped that these connections and support will be made in the coming months. This can develop useful case studies for enhancing the resilience of the businesses, through measures to achieve these energy and water savings.