Tai Tarian launches staff carbon literacy drive

Fri 12 Nov 2021

Tai Tarian’s ambition to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030 has taken another step forward after launching a brand new training course for staff.

The carbon literacy course aims to give workers at the Neath Port Talbot-based social housing provider the opportunity to explore what the reality of climate change means for them, in both their home and work lives.

Equipped with the facts on how human activity, climate and natural systems are inter-related, individuals will be helped to take action to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses.

The course is also being rolled out to another 27 housing associations who are members of the Carbon Literacy Cartrefi Cymru consortium.

Aled Guy is Tai Tarian’s Sustainability and Decarbonisation Manager. He chairs the consortium and helped design the course.  Speaking after delivering the first session to staff, Aled said:
“At Tai Tarian, we have made a commitment to change our behaviours today for the generations of tomorrow and I know that that ambition is also shared by our staff.

“The ambition we all have to reduce our collective carbon footprint is fantastic.   Whilst there is a lot of work to do, there is an enthusiasm and willingness in the group to look at ways in which we can all improve what we do and make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Tai Tarian Development Assistant, Zoey Jones is one of the first members of staff to benefit from the training.  She said:
“The course was fantastic.  I learnt so much which I can use both in work and at home to do my bit to help save our planet. 

“Reducing carbon emissions is a complex issue but one that I’m fully committed to.  If we all work together our small, individual changes will snowball and begin to have a positive impact on the environment.”

The work to educate staff to become more carbon literate is part of Tai Tarian’s pledge to become a carbon neutral organisation by 2030.  Amongst their other initiatives are planting thousands of trees in the community, introducing electric vehicles to their fleet and beginning a major project to upgrade some of their 9000 homes to be more energy efficient.