Harnessing the potential: renewable energy in the Swansea Bay City Region


National Waterfront Museum

Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3RD

Swansea, Wales, GB, SA1 3RD

The IWA’s ‘Re-Energising Wales’ project will provide a worked out plan which seeks to show how Wales could meet its projected energy demands from renewable sources by 2035, resulting in an 80% reduction in energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

As part of the ‘Re-Energising Wales’ project the IWA has undertaken an exemplar case study of the Swansea Bay City Region (SBCR) in order to provide recommendations on how to enable the SBCR to maximise its renewable sources in order to meet its projected energy demands by 2035. Findings from this case study will be presented at this event.



1000 – 1100: Registration, refreshments and networking

1100 – 1105: Welcome and introduction to the IWA – Auriol Miller

1105 – 1110: Introduction to the Re-energising Wales project – Shea Buckland-Jones

1110 – 1120: Introduction to the Swansea Bay City Region exemplar case study – Professor Stuart Irvine, Swansea University

1120 – 1150: Findings from the Swansea Bay City Region case study – Johnny Gowdy, Regen 

1150 – 1210: Economic impact of the case study – Professor Calvin Jones, Cardiff Business School

1210 – 1245: Panel discussion session (to include Q&A with audience): 

 – Professor Stuart Irvine, Director of Centre for Solar Energy Research, Swansea University

 – Johnny Gowdy, Director, Regen

 – Professor Calvin Jones, Professor of Economics, Cardiff University

 – Shea Buckland-Jones, Re-energising Wales Project Co-ordinator, IWA

 – Chair: Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director, Renewable UK

1245 – 1345: Lunch

1345 – 1415: What are the short or medium term opportunities to make progress towards 100%                      renewable energy in SBCR? (Breakout groups)

1415 – 1430: Feedback from group leaders 

1430 – 1528: A response from Swansea Bay City Region representatives – Panel discussion and Q&A session:

 – Councillor Rob Stewart, Leader of Swansea Council

– David Jones, Project Director, Marine Energy Wales

– Gill Kelleher, Policy and Engagement Manager, SPECIFIC

– Ioan Jenkins, Development Director, Tidal Lagoon Power

– Chair: Dr Jane Davidson, Pro Vice-Chancellor for External Engagement and Sustainability, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

1528 – 1530: Summary and thanks – Auriol Miller, Director, Institute of Welsh Affairs

1530 – 1600: Networking

1600 – Event ends

*Please note that timings may be subject to slight changes

This event is kindly sponsored by the Hodge Foundation, the Friends Provident Charitable Foundation and the Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation

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