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Abertay Principal launches university scheme to reduce Scotland's carbon emissions

24 April 2013

A new project aimed at reducing carbon emissions in Scotland launched today (Wednesday, April 24) at the University of Abertay Dundee.

“Mainstreaming Innovation” will be a chance for local businesses to find out how they can make better use of resources, close energy loops, be more energy efficient, reduce the need for maintenance, and minimise costs.

It will also be a chance for businesses to find out about the expertise on offer at the university and how they can take advantage of it to ensure they are able to contribute to the government’s new low carbon agenda.

The project will run for one year, and will be delivered by a consortium of nine Scottish universities, led by Glasgow Caledonian University.

Today's launch event was opened by Professor Nigel Seaton, Principal of Abertay University. Project Director Dr Branka Dimitrijevic, from Glasgow Caledonian University, then outlined the aims and objectives of the project, and Dr David Blackwood from Abertay University, gave an overview of the expertise on offer at Abertay.

Areas in which Abertay University specialises include:
•    landscaping and biodiversity
•    energy efficiency in existing buildings
•    energy generation from renewables
•    water harvesting, saving, recycling and flood prevention
•    waste reduction, waste re-use and energy creation from waste

Speaking about the event, Dr David Blackwood – who is Co-Director of Abertay University’s Urban Water Technology Centre – said:

“At Abertay, the expertise of our staff is much sought after by industry and professionals, and our academics actively consult with major companies in the UK and internationally. So we have a formidable track record in combining academic skills with commercial expertise, and this new project is an excellent opportunity for more people locally to find out about what it is we do and what we have to offer.

“By working alongside the eight other universities involved in this project, it means that businesses can easily find the solution that is best for them – by submitting queries or proposals via the Mainstreaming Innovation website, they will then be put in touch with the people at whichever institution who have the expertise most appropriate to their requirements.

“We already work with many local businesses through the ERDF-funded LoCal-Net project, and Mainstreaming Innovation means we will be able to expand on the services we offer, helping Scottish businesses meet their carbon reduction targets.”


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