A newly established awards ceremony celebrating Wales’ burgeoning sustainability and green energy sectors is back for its second year, Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru have announced.

After the success of the inaugural event last year, the two organisations confirmed that the event will be now be an annual celebration of the excellent work being done by people and organisations across Wales. It will be held again at Principality Stadium, the low carbon home of Welsh Rugby, on Thursday November 28th, 2019.

The Sustainable Academy is an exciting new initiative, founded by Cynnal Cymru and RenewableUK Cymru to bring together expertise from across the sustainability and green energy sectors in Wales. The awards, which span community, public and private sectors, celebrate sustainability and low carbon energy excellence, innovation and leadership across Wales; all the more relevant within the backdrop of a climate emergency.  

Wales & West Utilities has confirmed it will resume its headline sponsorship of the event with Welsh Government and EDF renewables also returning as category sponsors.

Steven Edwards, Director of Regulation and Commercial at Wales & West Utilities, said: “We’re delighted to again be sponsoring these important awards and in so doing, recognising and celebrating the hard work and innovation which is the backbone of the sustainability agenda.  At Wales & West Utilities, our role and challenge is to deliver a future energy system that is affordable, reliable and sustainable for the communities we serve. The traditional model of energy distribution and consumption is changing rapidly and I want us to be a part of that evolution.”

Mari Arthur, Director of Cynnal Cymru, said: “The Awards are my favourite event each year as we celebrate the voluntary commitments of community groups, individuals that champion initiatives through their own passion, and organisations that have made corporate decisions to do things better! Each and every finalist is delivering the Well-being of Future Generations and Environment Acts, from the ground up”.

Rhys Jones, Head of RenewableUK Cymru, said: “How we deal with averting climate change comes down to taking affirmative action right here in Wales. The quality and level of interest we’ve seen in this event from the get-go shows that individuals, communities and businesses across Wales are mainstreaming sustainability as never before, and in ways which deliver significant direct and indirect benefits. As for the venue, it’s used to hosting world-leading acts so no doubt our award winners should feel right at home!”

The nine categories are:

  • Sustainability Champion
  • Outstanding Renewable Energy Project
  • Sustainable Space
  • Sustainable Business
  • Sustainable Innovation in the Public Sector
  • Sustainable Community
  • Innovation in Sustainable Procurement or Supply Chain
  • Outstanding Social Enterprise
  • Sustainable Education or Training

Further information about entry criteria is on the Sustainable Academy Awards website, together with details of how to enter.  Entries should be submitted by midnight on Sunday 15 September. Three entries per category will be shortlisted to be put to the public vote. These votes will be added to the results from a panel of independent judges to decide the winners. The judges’ decision is final. Shortlisted entries will be informed shortly after the closing date and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on 29 November 2018 in the Principality Stadium.

There are still opportunities to sponsor categories and various aspects of the event. To find out more details about what is available, please contact Lynsey Jackson on 029 2043 1746 or email [email protected]


For further information, please contact:
RenewableUK Cymru, 029 2034 7840 or 07968 798315 [email protected]

About Wales & West Utilities
Every day at Wales & West Utilities, our team of more than 1,300 skilled and dedicated colleagues do their very best to keep our 7.5 million customers safe and warm, with gas connections and a gas supply they can rely on combined with a level of service they can trust.

About Renewable UK Cymru
Renewable UK Cymru is a membership organisation promoting clean energy and sustainable infrastructure.  We make our members more successful, reduce barriers for community energy projects and engage with the public, Welsh Government and stakeholders.

About Cynnal Cymru
Cynnal Cymru – Sustain Wales is the leading organisation for Sustainable Development in Wales. Our mission is to make Wales a low carbon, resource efficient, healthy, just and prosperous society, thriving in balance with the natural ecosystems that support it. We facilitate the talent, skills and innovation of our people through our consultancy services, our events and training. We enable individuals, organisations and businesses in Wales to deliver measurable change and become leaders and pioneers for a better world.