Cardiff Foundation of Environmental Research (CFER)
Cardiff Foundation of Environmental Research (CFER) is an Environmental Body registered with the Government regulator Entrust for the purpose of receiving and administering Landfill Tax Credits. CFER was established in 1998 as a non-corporate body within Cardiff University. The Foundation is chaired by Professor Robert G Lee of Cardiff Law School and its administrative functions are fulfilled by the Research & Commercial Division (RACDV).
Funding made available by landfill operators and Distributive Environmental Bodies is received by CFER and made available to academic schools in the form of contracts for research into sustainable waste management. Expenditure (which is recorded for RAE purposes) and research outputs are reported to Entrust by CFER and are subject to annual audit. Interest generated on the balance of funds held by CFER is used to fund further eligible research, as required under the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme (LTCS).
Significant changes to the LTCS came into effect on 1st April 2003, and after that date landfill operators were no longer able to direct funds to those strands of the Scheme which supported research and development activity (known as Objects c and cc). CFER’s current activity is focused on managing ongoing funded projects until their completion, and ensuring compliance with Entrust regulations. The Foundation is also interested in discussing opportunities to secure funds for new projects in the area of biodiversity research (Object DA of the LTCS).
The coordination and promotion of sustainable waste management research across Cardiff University is now primarily supported by the Wales Waste and Resources Research Centre (WWRReC; www.wwrrec.cf.ac.uk). The activities of WWRReC have been financially supported by GrantScape (a Distributive Environmental Body) and the Welsh Assembly Government.
A listing of research projects supported by CFER along with summary details can be found below.
If you would like further information about CFER then please contact Dr David Bembo at the address below. Reports and other details of research outputs generated by CFER projects are usually freely available, although there may be a small administrative charge levied for hard copies.
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