"Towards sustainable energy technologies and low carbon buildings for climate change mitigation"
(Chair: Dr R Gupta, OBU and Prof Tiwari, IIT Delhi)
Total grant value: £15,700
Time duration: 7-8 February 2008
UK-India-Sri Lanka Networking conference for young scientists from UK, India and Sri Lanka to exchange ideas and explore possibilities of joint research programmes on low carbon buildings and technologies. The key objectives were to:
- Develop a core group of young UK and Indian scientists working in the area of Climate Change Mitigation, Sustainable Energy, Low Carbon Technologies and Sustainable Built Environment.
- Provide a platform for young scientists to present, share and learn from on-going cutting-edge research, application and delivery of the emerging sustainable energy technologies and low carbon buildings for climate change mitigation in the UK, India and Sri Lanka.
- Develop research networks between the young UK, Indian and Sri Lankan scientists in the area of Climate Change Mitigation, Sustainable Energy, Low Carbon Technologies and Sustainable Built Environment.
British Council in Delhi with Oxford Brookes University and the Indian Institute of Technology (Delhi) convened a two-day international event to deal with the important issue of sustainable energy (which encompasses both energy efficiency and renewable energy systems) in the context of the built environment which is responsible for high energy consumption and associated carbon emissions, amounting to almost 50% of the total carbon emissions in developed countries. In line with these concerns, the overall aim of this conference is to discuss, debate and advance research in the field of carbon emissions reductions from the built environment to mitigate the worst impacts of global climate change, a major challenge facing the world in the 21st century.
The conference brought together 35 experts and postdoctoral/PhD researchers from the UK, India and Sri Lanka to debate and learn from the leading-edge research, application and delivery of the emerging sustainable energy technologies and low carbon buildings in the developed and developing world. It was realised that a move towards low carbon society must be based on incorporation of a multi-disciplinary approach, which addresses cultural, behavioural and political aspects of solutions as much as the science itself. As a result of the event, research networks have developed amongst young scientists to advance research in the field of low carbon systems, energy efficient retrofitting of existing buildings and post-occupancy building evaluation. To disseminate the findings of the conference to the academic community, a special issue of the International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies will be published in 2008/2009 based on selected papers from this conference.
Special edition of International Journal on Low Carbon Buildings based on the conference proceedings (forthcoming in 2009) to be edited by Dr Rajat Gupta.
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