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Centre for Alternative Technology CAT

Centre for Alternative Technology

Europe's leading Eco-centre

Set against the backdrop of beautiful Snowdonia, this unique visitor attraction is guaranteed to entertain, inform and fascinate all the members of your family.

Lifted up by 'the water-balanced' cliff railway with its breathtaking views visitors arrive at our 7 acre display gardens, crammed with exhibitions displays and information.

Whether you want learn all about the environment, how to save energy and money in your home or just enjoy the gardens, shops and the excellent vegetarian restaurant it will be an experience to treasure and remember.

The Centre for Alternative Technology is concerned with presenting solutions to environmental problems, rather than the doom and gloom view, we take a positive and uplifting approach, demonstrating all kinds of environmental technologies in an interesting and informative way. CAT began as an experimental sustainable community over 25 years ago, since 1974 it has evolved into Mid Wales' most unique and popular visitor attraction.

Please visit for details on day visits, our residential courses and for lots of useful environmental information and contacts.

Centre for Alternative Technology Blog

Manifestometer: SNP

Comparing climate policies for the 2015 election SNP With 25% of Europe’s wind energy potential, including massive offshore as well as onshore wind power capabilities, and a quarter of Europe’s tidal resource, Scotland is well placed to take advantage of renewable energy. But Scotland also has massive amounts of North Sea oil and gas on its books, some of which is now struggling to remain economic.  How will the SNP  reconcile the need ...

Manifestometer:Green Party

With a name like the Green Party it is would be surprising not to find a manifesto that strongly supported action on climate change. But is it enough to stop runaway climate change? The Centre for Alternative Technology explores the Green Party manifesto. 1.Does your party’s climate policy accept the urgency of the evidence as defined by the recent 5th Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment report, and if implemented, how wil...

Manifestometer: Plaid Cymru, the party of Wales

Comparing climate policies for the 2015 election Plaid Cymru is the party of Wales, a country that was at the forefront of the industrial revolution; possessing massive coal reserves and boasting more than its share of leading industrialists, it helped herald the beginnings of the fossil fuel age. So, how does Plaid Cymru suggest Wales can again help lead the way in tackling climate change? Does your party’s climate policy accept the urgency of t...

Manifestometer: The Liberal Democrats

Comparing climate policies for the 2015 election Shortly after the original launch of CAT’s first Zero Carbon Britain report in 2007, then MP Lembit Opik (representing the constituency where CAT is based) took several copies down to LibDem HQ.  Six weeks later the party launched their policy “Zero Carbon Britain – Taking a Global Lead”. It will be interesting to see after all they have experienced over recent years, how the LibDem commi...

Manifestometer: UKIP

Comparing climate policies for the 2015 election For a party that have as one of their key policy points the abolishment of the Department of Energy and Climate Change, it was always unlikely that UKIP would have the environment and climate change high on the list of priorities. But you never know, given the overwhelming scientific evidence, they might have shifted. So does the UKIP manifesto answer key questions posed by CAT around climate issue...