The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), situated in Wales, is an education and visitor centre demonstrating practical solutions for sustainability. It covers all aspects of green living: environmental building, eco-sanitation, woodland management, renewable energy, energy efficiency and organic growing. CAT is concerned with the search for globally sustainable, whole and ecologically sound technologies and ways of life. Within this search the role of CAT is to explore and demonstrate a wide range of alternatives, communicating to other people the options for them to achieve positive change in their own lives.
In 2016, Paul Allen has been invited to contribute to Arts Catalyst's Notes from the Field: Commoning Practices in Art and Science, a multi-faceted project that will investigate the notion of art as a tool or tactic for action with communities, with a focus on projects involving science and technology or driven by ecological concerns.
Paul joined the Centre for Alternative Technology in 1988. With expertise in electronic and electrical engineering, Paul has assisted the development and production of a wide range of renewable energy systems and helped develop CAT's spin-off engineering company, Dulas Ltd. He is currently CAT’s External Relations Officer and Zero Carbon Britain’s Project Co-ordinator. He is also Member of the Wales Science Advisory Council, Board Member of the International Forum for Sustainable Energy, and a Climate Change Commissioner for Wales.