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8 October 2007 PR 07/127

ASHRAE President to dispel myths on US attitudes towards climate change

The president of a high profile US professional body will be coming to Loughborough University next week to discuss his organisation’s efforts to tackle climate change.

Kent Peterson, President of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), is visiting Loughborough on Wednesday 10 October as part of a UK and Ireland tour.

Whilst at the campus he will learn more about Loughborough’s extensive research in the area of sustainability and give a lecture on the importance of improving energy efficiency throughout the world.

His visit comes just weeks after the Midlands Consortium (a partnership between Loughborough, Birmingham and Nottingham Universities, with support from the East Midlands Development Agency and Advantage West Midlands) was announced as the host of the Government’s new £1 billion Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). The headquarters of the ETI, which is being set up to help the UK reduce its carbon footprint, will be based at Loughborough University.

ASHRAE is a worldwide organisation with 50,000 members – more than 700 of whom are based in the UK and Ireland. The society has a strong relationship with the UK’s Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) whose members, along with staff and students from Loughborough, Birmingham, Nottingham and De Montfort Universities, plus E.ON personnel, will be joining ASHRAE members at Mr Peterson’s lecture.

Entitled ‘Energy Efficiency Today, Blue Skies Tomorrow’; the lecture will provide an insight into the view and role of a US professional body in tackling climate change.

“Heating, ventilation and air conditioning is a key part of the world’s carbon emission problem”, Mr Peterson said. “ASHRAE recognises this and works hard to promote the need for a sustainable society and for greater energy efficiency.”

Professor Dennis Loveday, Director of the University’s Sustainability Research School has organised Mr Peterson’s visit to Loughborough. He said: “It is a great honour for us to have Mr Peterson visit the campus and to be able to show him some of the groundbreaking work we are already doing in the area of sustainability.

“In Europe there may still remain a popular view that the US is lagging behind in tackling climate change, but Mr Peterson’s lecture will highlight the leadership on this important issue that is being shown by an international professional body that has its headquarters in the USA.”

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Notes for editors:

  1. MEDIA INVITE: Members of the media are invited to attend the lecture, taking place at Loughborough University on Wednesday 10 October at 6pm in the Stephenson Lecture Theatre, Holywell Park. There will be an opportunity to meet Mr Peterson following the lecture. Anyone interested in attending should contact Judy Smyth by calling 01509 228697 or emailing J.L.Smyth@lboro.ac.uk.

    ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfils its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.

    Kent Peterson, P.E, Fellow ASHRAE, is Vice President and Chief Engineer of P2S Engineering Inc., Long Beach, California. As ASHRAE’s President, Kent Peterson directs the Society’s Board of Directors and oversees the Executive Committee.

  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top five of UK universities in national league tables and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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