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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

Who’s Getting Ready for Zero?

Track 0 and The Centre for Alternative Technology launch ground-breaking new report. Download the new report here and the executive summary here. As international negotiations around the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ramp up, and a new agreement is expected in Paris in December 2015, this timely new report Who’s Getting Ready for Zero? maps out how different actors at national, regional and city levels are already working out...

CAT to launch new history book, Voices from a Disused Quarry

Author Allan Shepherd will launch his new book on Friday 3rd of September exploring the history of pioneering environmental organisation the Centre for Alternative Technology. The launch of the book, Voices from a disused quarry – an oral history of the Centre for Alternative Technology, is the culmination of a three-year oral history project involving over 150 local people, as well as the National Library of Wales, the Arts Council of Wales, The...

This weekend at CAT: The Small Is Beautiful festival

Eco-friendly festival showcases top performers at the Centre for Alternative Technology The vibrant, environmentally-minded Small is Beautiful festival is bringing the very best artists, speakers and entertainers to the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) on the 4th-6th September. Follow the link to the program here Alongside practical, hands-on workshops and discussions, festival-goers can enjoy all kinds of entertainment across the weekend....

Proposed cuts to Feed in Tariffs are ‘a disaster for the climate’ say experts at CAT

Proposed cuts to Feed in Tariffs are ‘a disaster for the climate’ say experts at CAT The Feed in Tariff (FiT) scheme was set up in 2010 to promote small-scale renewables through ensuring householders, communities or businesses are paid a set tariff by electricity suppliers for the power their projects generate. On 27th August, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced a review of the FiT scheme, proposing a set of measures incl...

CAT launches new collaborative climate project: Zero Carbon: Making it happen!

CAT has launched a new research phase of its Zero Carbon Britain project. The next step will draw in expertise from across a wide range of disciplines in order to build a comprehensive body of research around reducing carbon emissions to zero. Paul Allen, Zero Carbon Britain project manager said; “ The climate science couldn’t be clearer – to stabilise the climate system and stay below the globally agreed limit of 2ºC with high certainty, th...