Friday morning was spent with Dr Emrys Roberts the new head of the Natural Resources Body for Wales. The new body is the amalgamation of the Forestry Commission, Environment Agency and the Countryside Council for Wales. They have an interesting time ahead of them setting up this new all-encompassing environmental body. I was there to give an overview of our energy record but also our ambition and to discuss in outline the various opportunities and challenges ahead of both organisations. Will be watching with interest as this new body established and matures. It has some huge challenges and has to hit the ground running – everything from Ash Die back to flow splitting for Hydro. Climate change impact on arctic alpine plants to flood alleviation and mitigation….and that’s just to name a few!
I had a few minutes to spare at Dinefwr home farm and it made me realize how much of a hub of environmental solutions it has become. The traditional building skills training center established (Tywi Afon yr Oesoedd) The large community allotments site, recent community orchard, Biomass district heating fueled from the estates timer and of course the 50kw field PV array, EV charging points…It still has areas it can improve but like life in general there always are. The holiday cottages on the site have recently undergone energy audits and they need to be slotted into the program for investment which is based on a financial and carbon footing. The mansion itself is far from the top on the Wales energy hit list due to the modern gas boilers but we do need to review the distribution and control strategies. But as i am finding energy efficiency and management is a painting the fourth bridge job (it can never end) It was good to see for the first time the fairly new Mitsubishi air source heat pump on the visitor welcome building near the mansion