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Business opportunities in Low Carbon

12 May 2010

A leading thinker in the field of sustainable energy will be using a business networking event to reveal how Welsh industry can benefit from Wales’ ambitions to accelerate its transition to a low-carbon energy economy.

Professor Peter Pearson, Director of Wales’ Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI), based at Cardiff University, will be speaking at the latest Innovation Network event, providing an insight into opportunities presented to business of all sizes as more and more focus is placed on strengthening Wales’ expertise in this fast growing sector.

He will be joined by John Bruce, owner and director of the Usk-based SME Branching Out, which specialises in ecologically cutting-edge construction and has drawn praise from many sources, including HRH Prince Charles. He will describe his own unique experience of setting up a business which is now firmly at the forefront of modern design engineering practice.

Held as part of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Wales Sustainability Week, this business networking event is the chance to find out which low carbon technologies will be driving our future economy and discover developments in low carbon built environment, photovoltaics, large scale power generation, marine, hydrogen and bioenergy.

Peter Pearson was formerly Director of the Centre for Energy Policy and Technology at Imperial College London, and a Specialist Advisor to the Commons Inquiry into Renewable Electricity Generation. He chairs the Carbon Trust Standard’s Advisory Board.

The Cardiff University Innovation Network aims to develop a strong network for business in the regional knowledge-economy. The Network provides opportunities for business to business and business to university links across all disciplines. Since its creation in 1996 the scheme has hosted more than 9,700 people at its 115 plus events run for local businesses and innovators.

The event starts at 6.30pm on Wednesday 19 May 2010 in the University’s Main Building, Park Place, Cardiff, with registration from 6.00pm. Business can register free by visiting: or calling 0800 801750.


Notes to Editors:

The Low Carbon Research Institute, based in the University’s Welsh School of Architecture is a multi-centre, multi-disciplinary research collaboration which is recognised internationally as a research institute promoting excellence in research and contributing to the future direction of energy research and strategic thinking. Launched in 2009 it is also a regional partner to UK government energy research initiatives such as the UK Energy Research Centre. The research institute is designed to drive forward cutting-edge research to secure a low-carbon future for Wales, create green jobs and help business to develop sustainable products and technologies.

Wales Sustainability Week runs from 17 – 23 May 2010, and is run by the Welsh Assembly Government. Wales Sustainability Week invites individuals, organisations from all sectors and communities to take action to make Wales more sustainable; celebrate and promote what they are already doing; and become part of a network that works together to make Wales more sustainable. For more information:

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.

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Lowri Jones

Public Relations

Cardiff University

T: 02920 870 995


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