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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 www.cat.org.uk for details on day visits, our residential courses and for lots of useful environmental information and contacts.

Centre for Alternative Technology Blog

Cross-pollinating ideas to fertilise ambition

Paul Allen reports from the final day of the COP23 UN climate talks. As this year’s COP23 international climate talks finally draw to a close, I would like to offer a brief overview of some of the highs and lows of the past two weeks. But before we get too deep into the nitty gritty, … Continue reading "Cross-pollinating ideas to fertilise ambition" The post Cross-pollinating ideas to fertilise ambition appeared first on Blog from...

Goal not coal

As the big hitters from governments around the world start to arrive at the UN climate talks in Bonn, Paul Allen looks at Germany’s record on climate change and explores what more could be done. Today as the COP23 process runs its course, environment ministers, foreign ministers and heads of state arrived to take over where … Continue reading "Goal not coal" The post Goal not coal appeared first on Blog from the Centre for Al...

Campaign zero – feeling the heat at COP23

As week two at COP23 begins, new leadership becomes ever more vital – Paul Allen reports from Bonn. My second week at the COP23 UN climate talks has now begun. This is normally the time when the deeper negotiations begin. This has become increasingly urgent – this morning the Global Carbon Project revealed that, after … Continue reading "Campaign zero – feeling the heat at COP23" The post Campaign zero – feeling the heat at COP23 ap...

What exactly does COP23 need to deliver – and who’s in?

At the UN climate talks in Bonn Paul Allen finds the USA to be a surprising source of inspiration. Published just before COP23, the UN Environment Emissions Gap Report was the subject of a major presentation in the German Pavilion. It shows that the gap between commitments made in Paris 2015 and what’s needed to … Continue reading "What exactly does COP23 need to deliver – and who’s in?" The post What exactly does COP23 need to deli...

Leadership, but not as we know it

“We’re all in the same canoe.” Paul Allen reports from the climate change talks in Bonn. Thanks to the affordable and reliable European rail network I have now arrived in Bonn, and have delivered my first presentation at the UN climate conference, COP23. I am one of around 25,000 active citizens, industry representatives, experts and … Continue reading "Leadership, but not as we know it" The post Leadership, but not as we know it ap...