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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. The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) was founded in 1973 on the site of the disused Llwyngwern slate quarry near Machynlleth, in Mid Wales and 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

Creating a zero carbon transport system

Would you like to be able to walk and cycle more easily and safely? To breathe clean air and enjoy a reliable, affordable public transport system?     Transforming our transport system from one that is highly polluting and heavily reliant on fossil fuels into one that is clean, green, reliable and affordable is a challenge, but it can be done. Here is a selection of ideas on how we can create a better transport system that’s not only ...

A food system fit for a zero carbon future

Can you imagine a future where our diets are healthier, more varied and sustainable?     Reforming our high carbon, low quality food system will be a complex challenge, but it is possible. Here are a selection of ideas on how we can create a better food system that’s not only healthier for us all, but is compatible with a zero carbon future. This is the first in a series of articles drawn from CAT’s new report, Zero Carbon Britain: Ma...

Sustainable Building Demonstrations at Ecobuild

This week is Ecobuild – the event of the year for people in the built environment industry who are interested in sustainability. It will be going on 7th-9th March in the Excel Centre in London. CAT will be there on stand G140, showcasing a traditional timber frame srtucture and offering live demonstrations of many of the sustainable building short courses we have on offer. The stand will be a hub for finding out about a range of sustainable bui...

Introducing Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen

Since the Paris climate agreement, there has been increasing acceptance that we must move towards a zero carbon future, and that we have all the technical solutions to do so. But another question remains: how do we make these changes happen? Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen is a groundbreaking new report which sheds new light on how we can resolve the political, economic and cultural barriers that are preventing the zero carbon transition ...

Congratulations to CAT’s Architecture prof dips!

After 18 months of intensive study and hard work CAT’s 5th year Architecture Professional Diploma students laid out their final projects for us all to see. Transforming their classrooms the students created sleek exhibition spaces to show off their detailed plans and intricate models. The event began mid-afternoon when the student’s families and friends and VIP’s from the industry arrived for the private viewing of the work. The students themse...