Adra Joins Wales Climate Week with Innovative Decarbonisation Hub

Adra is excited to announce its active participation in Wales Climate Week, an initiative championed by the Welsh Government to address urgent climate challenges. 

Adra, in collaboration with partners Bangor University and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, is spearheading a ground-breaking decarbonisation hub called Tŷ Gwyrddfai in Penygroes, showcasing its commitment to sustainability and a greener future. 

Adra’s dedication to environmental responsibility is highlighted through the establishment of this ambitious new centre of excellence. With over 7000 homes, more than 90% of which were constructed over 50 years ago, Adra recognises the imperative to retrofit these homes with energy-efficient solutions to reduce tenants’ energy bills and contribute to national carbon reduction goals. 

Working diligently towards achieving the Welsh Government’s net-zero targets, Adra, along with its in-house contractor Trwsio and local subcontractors, is actively engaged in retrofitting homes with suitable energy-saving products. The partnership with Bangor University introduces a living lab within the decarbonisation hub, providing a space to test and innovate new products that will play a pivotal role in the transformation of homes into sustainable, energy-efficient spaces. 

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s involvement adds a crucial educational dimension to the initiative. The college will provide comprehensive training on utilising new technologies, ensuring the current workforce is equipped with the skills needed for effective implementation. This commitment to upskilling aligns with Adra’s vision of a circular economy, fostering local talent and sustaining employment within the community. 

The decarbonisation hub Tŷ Gwyrddfai is located in Penygroes, on the outskirts of Caernarfon in a repurposed disused factory that closed in 2020, resulting in the loss of almost 100 jobs. Tŷ Gwyrddfai now serves as a central hub for Adra, housing an office, Trwsio headquarters, and a Travis Perkins depot. This strategic positioning enables efficient coordination and implementation of decarbonisation initiatives across Adra’s extensive housing stock. 

Julie Stokes-Jones, Tŷ Gwyrddfai Business Manager said 

“We are proud to be at the forefront of north Wales’ net-zero initiatives. Our commitment to sustainability goes beyond retrofitting homes; it’s about revitalising communities and creating a future where environmental responsibility and economic growth go hand in hand.” 

Adra’s participation in Wales Climate Week underscores its dedication to contributing meaningfully to a sustainable, low-carbon future. Through collaboration, innovation, and community engagement, Adra is taking strides towards a more resilient and environmentally conscious north Wales. 

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