The St David’s Day Group of Universities leads on a number of research and innovation initiatives across Wales in the area of Low Carbon Economy, specifically sustainable building technologies, large scale renewable electricity innovations, low carbon vehicles, climate change adaptation and negative carbon. The Group engages with businesses and industry to deliver solutions to real life problems.
The universities of Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff and Swansea launched the Climate Change Consortium of Wales (C3W) in November 2009. This is a £4 million initiative financed by the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) through the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). Together with additional support from the Countryside Council for Wales and substantial investment from the four universities, C3W is set to considerably enhance the climate science profile of Wales. The Consortium has been developed by a group of internationally respected academics in collaboration with staff in a wide range of disciplines across the four universities. These disciplines cover the impact of climate change on land, sea, atmosphere and cryosphere, as well as its social consequences. For further information please see www.climatechangewales.ac.uk
The Institute was set up to unite and promote energy research in Wales, UK to help deliver a low carbon future. The multidisciplinary LCRI aims to support the energy sector, UK and globally, to develop low carbon generation, storage, distribution and end use technologies, and to offer policy advice. The Higher Education Funding Council For Wales (HEFCW) granted £5.1 million to develop the LCRI for 5 years from April 2008. LCRI’s research is also supported by contracts from the Research Councils, Industry and Government. In 2010 LCRI secured £15 million from the Welsh European Funding Office, a contribution to a £34 million programme to enable Wales and its industry partners to lead the way in research to cut carbon emissions, as part of the European Research Development Fund’s Convergence, Regional Competitiveness and Employment programmes. The LCRI comprises staff from the founder partners:
LCRI seeks to extend its membership and research through collaborative programmes with other high quality research groups. For more information visit www.lcri.org.uk