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22 June 2009 | PR 09/74

Loughborough tackles city carbon emissions

Researchers at Loughborough University have been awarded a £2.7million grant to measure the carbon footprint of the entire city of Leicester.

The four-year project, which has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), will be led by Professor Kevin Lomas, from the University’s Department of Civil and Building Engineering. De Montfort University, the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, the University of Sheffield and the University of Leeds will also be involved in the collaborative research work.

The research is called ‘Measurement, Modelling, Mapping and Management (4M): An evidence-based methodology for understanding and shrinking the carbon footprint’.

It will calculate the carbon footprint of Leicester by measuring the carbon released by traffic and the burning of fossil fuels in homes and places of work, in addition to mapping the sources and sinks of carbon for the whole city. The research will also model the effects on carbon emissions of the way we use energy, as well as including management studies which will investigate how to shrink the city’s carbon footprint.

The direct emissions arising from electricity and gas consumption, garden management and travel will be measured in over 500 homes across Leicester.

The 4M research also encourages public participation, with the work on green travel plans engaging hundreds of business employees, school teachers and pupils in Leicester, York and Leeds.

The project, which ties in with UK objectives to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, is supported by a number of central and local government representatives, including Leicester City Council.

Professor Lomas said: “In the UK, as with other developed countries, there are significant carbon emissions from buildings and transport and this level has been rising.

“This research is an important step in identifying how and why cities generate carbon emissions, which should help communities, government agencies and others to reduce these in line with UK targets to help combat climate change.”

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Notes for editors:

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 was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2008 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top five universities in the UK, with 22 out of 30 of its subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. It was named winner of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other institution.

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.

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