Promoting the well-being of current and future generations with Tidal Lagoon Power Ltd.
by Gwen Holland
Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP) was formed in 2011 to develop, construct and operate tidal lagoon power plants in the UK and internationally. The company is currently developing a UK-wide fleet of six tidal lagoons to meet up to 8% of UK electricity demand (enough to power around 30% of homes), and have identified a number of potential projects overseas in countries such as Canada, France, India and Mexico.
As a company developing renewable energy it’s not surprising that the environment is high on the agenda. But TLP, with its core principles of ‘innovate’, ‘collaborate’, inspire’ and ‘nurture’ has sustainability at the heart of the company, addressing all four pillars of sustainability – environmental, economic, social and cultural.
As you would expect a company of this stature TLP has many policies and statements in place, which are reviewed every 18 months. More surprising perhaps is that although they are based in Gloucester, England, TLP proactively encourage the use of the Welsh language through engagement activities and participation in Welsh media. The company is also committed to both improving the wellbeing of their staff and engagement with the community.
As part of the partnership work with SEACAMS2 on various research projects TLP has committed to improving its sustainable working practices even further.
Since working with SEACAMS2 and The Sustainability Lab, TLP has adopted a Welsh language tagline to be used to promote the company and have made sure that most of their website is available in Welsh as well as English; the website is now bilingual, which is a big achievement.
TLP have also organised Environmental Days where staff are given volunteering days to help environmental projects; the latest being conservation work with Natural England to support the management of valuable habitats earlier this year. TLP have also introduced wellbeing initiatives in the workplace, which includes subsidised yoga session at lunchtime on site, meditation sessions on site after work, and a fully kitted out meditation room has been made available at all times.
As a result of working with The Sustainability Lab they are also looking at developing an Equal Opportunities Policy and a Welsh Language Policy in the near future, having already received policy templates.
Tidal Lagoon Power is the first company working with SEACAMS2 to be awarded The Sustainability Lab’s ‘Towards a Sustainable Future’ CharterMark, and we hope to continue working with them for years to come. They are an inspiring example of what a company could and should be doing.
Catrin Jones, Policy and Strategy Manager for TLP said:
We’re delighted to be the first company working with SEACAMS2 to be awarded the Sustainability Lab’s ‘Towards a Sustainable Future’ CharterMark. Tidal Lagoon Power is supportive of the pioneering work in Wales on implementing sustainable development for the wellbeing of future generations. With a pathfinder tidal lagoon and associated industry anchored in Wales at Swansea Bay, and further projects in Wales, we want to integrate the Wellbeing Goals and Ways of Working in what we do and hope to work with the Sustainability Lab to ensure we continually improve and build on this ‘Towards a Sustainable Future’ CharterMark.”