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Environmental honour comes home to Adra

Adra, North Wales’ largest housing association is celebrating being awarded a prestigious environmental award.

It has been awarded a bronze level Carbon Literacy accreditation for its commitment and work towards improving awareness within the organization on reducing its carbon footprint and negative impacts on the environment.

To achieve the award, Adra needed to complete specific training. Including three members of staff being trained to train other staff.  Over 50% of staff have also received environmental awareness sessions around climate change.

Adra has also worked with Carbon Literacy Consortium Cymru, a group of 28 housing associations throughout Wales to develop a course specific to the social housing sector.

This award comes at an exciting time for Adra, with the first decarbonisation hub in the UK being created in Penygroes, Gwynedd.

Called Ty Gwyrddfai, the decarbonisation hub is a a collaborative project, with

  • Adra
  • Grŵp Llandrillo Menai
  • Bangor University,
  • Travis Perkins
  • Welcome Furniture

all part of a consortium to transform the 120,000sq ft site into a centre that will ensure that North West Wales will be at the forefront of the decarbonisation agenda,. Working with communities and businesses to retrofit over 18,000 homes over the next 10 years.

Gwen Thomas, Adra’s Environmental Improvement Officer, said:

“We’re delighted to be honoured with the Carbon Literacy accreditation as Adra is putting a lot of focus on being a cleaner, greener organisation and responding positively to the climate change emergency. This is reflected in our Corporate Plan.

“Our flagship project at Ty Gwyrddfai shows our clear commitment to making our homes more energy efficient and raising awareness of these challenges remains an integral part of Adra’s drive and commitment to becoming a Net Zero organisation”.