Research Project Summaries
Welsh Energy Sector Training (WEST)
The Consortium brings industry leaders together with research and educational experts to develop a strategy for introducing energy innovations into businesses and producing teaching resources for training and education. WEST brings together research and educational expertise in the built environment and sustainable energy ese; power electronic systems; photovoltaics; energy from biomass; combustion; marine energy and hydrogen. The steering group for WEST (Welsh Energy Sector Training) is supported by a range of experts and aims to: Encourage the uptake of education and CPD on science, technology and innovation use and management in businesses through the provision of appropriate courses and modules, increasing awareness of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency, highlighting the incentive of profit improvements through skills availability and value-added services; Increase the skills capacity and knowledge capital at management levels in Welsh businesses; Increase the opportunities to enhance and utilise innovation skills; Increase the use of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency across Wales; Increase awareness, amongst clients, that Welsh companies are desirable because of their knowledge of renewable energies and energy efficiency; Advance rural development and rural employment through business improvement and new opportunities and enhance urban regeneration through business opportunities and expertise in sustainable construction. Through the development of a targeted and co-ordinated educational programme across Wales, the WEST Project aims to promote the rapid uptake and commercialisation low carbon economy for the Principality.
Sustainable Constructed Environments (SCE)
The project will provide improved learning and hence stimulate continued commercial viability for Welsh businesses through increased market share and competitiveness from the awareness and subsequent use of new construction materials and materials that come from sustainable sources and techniques of construction that contribute to environmental and social sustainable development and increased innovation in material and product development and in sustainable processes from the awareness of potential market opportunities and from enhanced innovation management within the SME’S and other businesses, higher quality, more enduring and community enhancing projects leading to site revitalisation and sustainable communities as well as recognition of Wales as centre of excellence in sustainable construction education. In addition, Accelerating Change in Built Environment Education (a UK initiative) recognises that it is only through dynamic, innovative courses can the industry expect to recruit and train HE candidates. Establishment of an expert steering group for education in sustainable construction.
Delivering Sustainable Development through the Planning System (WLGA)
BRE Wales, Green Balance and the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University together investigated the barriers to delivering sustainable development through the planning system, and produced practical guidance for local planning authorities in Wales. This project aimed to enable local planning authorities to successfully promote and implement sustainable development through the statutory planning system. This guidance is still in development but it is hoped that the final materials will be adopted throughout Wales for adaptation to produce Supplementary Planning Guidance for sustainable development.