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02 October 2009
The University’s Welsh School of Architecture will lead a new £34M European funding drive designed to help Welsh businesses develop innovative carbon reduction projects and meet strict carbon emission targets.
The Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) – an all-Wales university research project led by the University’s Welsh School of Architecture - has secured £34M, over the next three years, from the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO).
Part of the European Research Development Fund (ERDF’s) Convergence and Regional Competitiveness and Employment programmes, the cash injection will enable Wales and Welsh Universities to lead the way in the development of new research to cut carbon emissions.
Professor Phil Jones, Head of The Welsh School of Architecture and Chair of the Low Carbon Research Institute said: "The LCRI Convergence Energy Programme is a unique collaboration of Welsh Universities partnering local industries to provide a comprehensive cross disciplinary energy research base to support the Welsh Assembly Government's low carbon policies.
"It will significantly add to the LCRI's research capacity to establish Wales as an international leader in low carbon research."
The funding will provide a strategic, coordinated approach for interdisciplinary industrial energy research in Wales and provide a research base for the energy sector industries to help them deliver government targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and enable these industries to compete on an international stage.
Announcing the funding at the University, First Minister for Wales Rhodri Morgan said: "Wales has a vital role to play in tackling global environmental changes.
"This programme will place Wales at the forefront of industry led research to achieve more affordable low carbon energy, improve energy efficiency from a range of sources and reduce energy demand across all sectors."
It is hoped that the additional funding will help support innovative new projects. The Welsh School of Architecture is already working with a number of businesses to support innovative carbon solution.
One such project is with lighting specialists, Enfis. Enfis is a leading innovator in the design and development of energy saving LED lighting solutions and has been working with the Welsh School of Architecture and other Welsh Universities to develop new and ultra-efficient lighting technology.
Dr Gareth Jones, Chief Technology Officer of Enfis Group plc said: "Enfis has worked closely with the Welsh School of Architecture for many years on collaborative projects focused on reducing the energy consumption associated with lighting. Lighting accounts for around 20% of the electricity used in today's modern built environment.
"Through adoption of new ultra-efficient lighting technologies such as LED lighting the electricity consumption is expected to be reduced by at least 50% over the next 10 years.
"It is hoped that the availability of new funding through the LCRI will help to accelerate new development of ultra-efficient lighting technologies leading to sustainable benefits for Welsh private and public sectors and promoting Wales as a leading innovator in energy efficient technologies."
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