Sustainability Hub: Low Carbon Devon

Covid-19 update – the project team are working remotely for the time being, in line with the government’s current measures, and please note that the University of Plymouth’s city centre campus is only open for key functions (please refer to our Covid-19 FAQ page for current information). Although booking the Sustainability Hub is not currently possible, all other aspects of the project are progressing, so if you would like to register your interest in being involved, please complete our expression of interest questionnaire for enterprises or researchers. We continue to review the latest guidance and would be happy to discuss your plans for events in the Sustainability Hub for later in the year at

Welcome to Sustainability Hub: Low Carbon Devon

The Sustainability Hub: Low Carbon Devon project will provide an exciting new catalyst for low-carbon economic growth in Devon.

Supported by an investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the three-year £2.6 million programme, will support Devon-based organisations to access research, business support, and engage with the University of Plymouth around the low-carbon agenda.

Get involved

Sustainability Hub

The Sustainability Hub is a refurbished building that provides a physical space where businesses, social enterprises and community groups can mix with researchers and students around the issue of sustainability.

For further information on how you can use the building, visit the Sustainability Hub webpage.

Knowledge exchange

Events – We will be holding various events during the project. These events will be about supporting the low-carbon sector in Devon, supporting enterprises from any sector to shift to low carbon and also supporting enterprises to engage with the University of Plymouth around the low-carbon agenda.

Low-carbon internships – We will have a number of short internships (one to three months) for students and recent graduates from across the Institute. This could be from science, engineering, arts, humanities, health and business. If you are a student or graduate interested in being an intern in a Devon enterprise, please email

If you have ideas about events/training or a short low carbon research project, please fill out one of the above Expression of Interest questionnaires.

Research and innovation

The Sustainability Hub is also going to be a living lab – a place where we can research and test low carbon solutions. Four industrial research fellows will be employed in spring/summer 2020 to carry out research, hold training events and bring together enterprises operating in the green wall sector, power electronics (PV & LEDs), the creative industry sector, and behaviour change. 

We also have ten small grants for short research projects with Devon enterprises that are developing new low carbon products/processes.

If you have projects that could benefit from collaborating with University of Plymouth researchers – please fill out one of the above Expression of Interest questionnaires.

Carbon Reduction Project

The Low Carbon Devon project brings significant energy savings through delivering an LED lighting retrofit programme in four University buildings. Within one of these buildings the Low Carbon Devon project is trailing an innovative energy efficiency technology. The results of the trial will be disseminated, along with other energy efficiency approaches that have been demonstrated at the University.

If you are interested in finding out more about energy efficiency - please fill out one of the above Expression of Interest questionnaires.  

Our team

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European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The University of Plymouth is proud to be supported by the European Regional Development Fund. As one stream of funding under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme 2014–2020, the ERDF focuses on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

The main priorities involve contributions to research and innovation, supporting and promoting small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), and the creation of a low carbon economy.