Gwynedd Environmental Partnership Steering Group Meeting Friday, 14th May 2010, 10.00 o’clock Ystafell Gwyrfai, Gwynedd Council Present: Huw Davies Antur Waunfawr Tim Owen Environment Agency Isgoed Williams Trawsnewid Keith O’Brien Snowdonia National Park Iona Price Green Town Project Aled Price Gwynedd Council Sioned ap Gareth Gwynedd Council Apologies: Alun Price, Seran Dolma, Gwynedd Watkin, Gwawr Price, Einir Young, Dilwyn Williams, Rod Gritten, Steve Bristow, Dewi Jones Minute Action 1. WELCOME AND APOLOGIES 2. MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES The minutes were accepted as correct 3. Update on the Carbon Foot-print Reduction Plan It was reported that the project was looking to expand to the business and community sectors this year. HD reported that he, Tim Owen and Dewi Jones had met Dilwyn Williams recently to discuss GEP’s role in leading the work of extending the project to the business and community sectors. The possibility of holding an event to undertake an audit of the activities already underway in the county, identifying successful schemes, and identifying priorities were discussed in the meeting. It was agreed to form a small task group to arrange the event as soon as possible. HD and TO agreed to be on the group and SaG agreed to circulate an e-mail extending an invitation to the other members of GEP after confirming the date of the meeting. It was emphasised that the work must have an outcome and show action not just discussions. KB noted that the conference should be different to the GEP conference last year. IP reported on the work of the Green Town including an assessment of the main buildings in the town. She said that the assessment had shown that there is not a great deal of scope for using renewable energy, but that the clear outcome was that awareness of energy wastage should be raised. She said that an officer would be appointed until March to undertake campaign work. The project is also in discussions with Scottish Power to find the town’s total electricity usage. AP noted that an outline application had been submitted on behalf of the Local Services Board to support the activities of the Carbon Foot-print Reduction Scheme. He also noted that the Assembly had applied to WEFO for more funding for carbon reduction projects. HD stated that Gwynedd’s waste reduction targets had been achieved, with the percentage having reached 41.1% and the target being 40%. Update on Pwllheli Pilot Project No update received 5. Energy Meters Scheme SaG reported that energy meters had been loaned to pupils at Ysgol Manod and Maenofferen and that Ysgol Tanygrisiau had agreed to take part in the scheme. She said that the feedback on the scheme was positive and that the schools had received an USB to analyse the results of the scheme on school computers. The intention is to extend the scheme to all the schools in the area and to other areas of Gwynedd also. SaG said that the meter lending scheme from Gwynedd libraries would be launched on 5th June, World Environment Day. She said that instructions would be available for lenders and that libraries staff had agreed to ask a set of questions on receiving the meters back to measure the impact of the scheme. 6. GEP Youth Conference SaG reported that young people would be included as part of the Task Group to arrange the conference this year. She said that Sebastian Giraud, Wales Climate Change Champion had already agreed to take part and that she had contacted Ysgol Eifionydd to include 2/3 other young people on the steering group. It was agreed to circulate an e-mail to confirm the GEP membership on the Task Group. IP noted that presentations by schools that have taken part in the energy meters scheme could be arranged during the conference. SaG said that she hoped to include successful environmental projects within other schools as well. 4. Work Programme 2010-2011 Draft copies of GEP’s Work Programme 2010-2011 were distributed. The work programme was agreed but it was noted that the Carbon Foot-print work was likely to have an impact on the programme in future. It was agreed to move the Carbon Foot- print work to the beginning of the work programme. Any other business The group expressed its appreciation of the work of the late Geraint George, past Chair of the partnership. 8. NEXT METING GEP Steering Group meeting Friday, 25 June 2010 at 10 o’clock Ystafell Gwyrfai, Gwynedd Council. It was agreed that this would be a thematic meeting on green tourism.