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Low Carbon Research Institute
02 October 2009

The LCRI Convergence Energy Programme

The Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) – an all-Wales university research project led by Cardiff University’s Welsh School of Architecture - has secured £34M (including match funding), 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, 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, provide a research base for the energy sector industries to help them deliver government targets for reducing CO2 emissions, and assist these industries to compete on an international stage. The 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.