Shanghai Low Carbon Venture Gathers Pace

Shanghai Low Carbon Venture Gathers Pace

Representatives from Edinburgh and Shanghai Jiao Tong Universities converged on ECCI this week to deepen their commitment to China’s first low carbon college.

Delegates from the Chinese and Scottish institutions came together as the Universities signed an agreement to finance a £600,000 collaborative research, teaching and innovation development fund.

The low carbon college will encourage climate innovation in China and around the world and draws on the expertise of ECCI, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Edinburgh.

The fund will support travel and accommodation for staff involved in projects including sustainable construction, air quality, energy efficiency and low carbon smarter cities.

The China-UK Low Carbon College in Lingang, Shanghai will offer Masters programmes in Low Carbon Environment and Low Carbon Energy and within four years programmes will be offered in Carbon Finance, Carbon Management and Low Carbon Cities.

The College will provide state-of-the-art research labs, teaching and lecturing facilities and accommodation for students and staff.

University of Edinburgh’s Senior Vice Principal, Professor Charlie Jeffery, said: “We are delighted to forge a closer relationship with Shanghai Jiao Tong University. There is a clear need for effective knowledge exchange in order to facilitate a low-carbon economy around the world.”

ECCI Deputy Director Ed Craig said: “China produces more than a quarter of the world’s carbon and in one year uses more concrete than the USA did in the whole of the last century.

“This college will help create, exchange and implement low carbon ideas, technologies and solutions to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

This groundbreaking project shows the opportunity for the University of Edinburgh and Scotland to make a real impact with our Chinese partners in cultivating talent, industry and technology to lead the transformation to a clean energy future.”

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