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.
Engage with the project
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.
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 the expression of interest questionnaire.
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 10 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 the expression of interest questionnaire.
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
If you have ideas about events/training that might be useful to enterprises in Devon, or a short low carbon research project (one to three months) that one of our students or recent graduates could carry out - please fill out the expression of interest questionnaire.
Professor Iain Stewart
Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute
Dr Paul Lunt
Associate Professor in Environmental Science
Director and Academic Lead, Green Wall Co-Lead
Dr Paul Hardman
Manager of the Sustainable Earth Institute (SEI)
Professor Steve Goodhew
Associate Head of School (Research & Graduate Affairs)
Green Wall Co-Lead
Dr Alba Fuertes Casals
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Construction Technology and Management
Behaviour Change Co-Lead
Dr Rory Jones
Lecturer in Built Environment
Behaviour Change Co-Lead
Dr Paul Warwick
Low Carbon Internship Lead
Ms Polly Macpherson
Associate Head of School - Enterprise
Creative Industries Lead
Dr Zaki Ahmed
Associate Professor in Information Technology
Power Electronics Lead
Dr Samantha Davies
Environment and Sustainability Manager
Low Carbon Estates Adviser
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.