Friday 23 May 2008

CSET Launch at the University of Nottingham Ningbo, China.

The Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET) has been
Chancellor Professor Yang Fujia, Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Colin Campbell, and Pro Vice Chancellor for Internationalisation Professor Christine Ennew, welcomed representatives from the Chinese government and industry to the launch, as well as experts from Europe and colleagues from the University.
CSET will be one part of an umbrella Institute of Sustainable Development, led by the School of the Built Environment. The centre will house laboratory, office and seminar space in which state of the art approaches to sustainable construction will be researched.
Professor Sir Colin Campbell, opened his speech with an expression of sympathy for victims of the recent earthquake. He said: "Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected, and all those whose families have been affected, by the tragic earthquake in Sichuan province and our thoughts and prayers go out to the rescue workers who are doing as much as they can to help." Announcing the launch of CSET, he said: "Everyone here is aware of the importance of sustainable development in China and worldwide. President Hu Jintao, speaking at the 17th Annual Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, declared the importance of energy and the sustainability agenda time and time again, and declared that he wanted to involve every family in the pursuit of sustainable energy.”
Professor Jo Darkwa, Director of CSET said: “Construction is one of the highest energy-consuming sectors in China. There has been massive redevelopment going on here for some years now, and we want to help ensure that new buildings are sustainable, that they can adapt to change in the future, and that they are affordable."

1 comment:

Benzoylation said...

So the event clashed with the Dalai Lama's visit to Nottingham. But the energy efficiency of housing stock fascinates me. Why are future-looking architecture departments building a research house in 1940's style in Nottingham? Sponsored by e.on innit.
Good luck colleagues!
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