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13 March 2012 | PR 12/50

Green energy network’s first conference set to attract a global audience

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Experts in green energy from around the world will gather at Loughborough University next month to share their experiences of low carbon projects - and plan for the future.

Speakers and guests will travel from all four corners of the globe to take part in the inaugural meeting of the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN), which launched in January this year.

Dr Ed Brown, associate director of the Sustainability Research School at Loughborough University and one of the two national co-ordinators of the LCEDN, said: “Delegates to the conference will take a close look at green energy projects from around the world to understand what works and what doesn’t.

“We hope to enhance understanding of the interactions between energy policy, low carbon technologies and poor communities across the developing world and encourage groups working in this area to collaborate and learn from each other.

“The new LCEDN is designed to be a dynamic meeting place with the potential to enrich UK and international policy-making in the area of energy and development.’’

The LCEDN’s first conference programme includes invited guests and speakers from Guatemala, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Zambia, Nicaragua and many others, as well as experts from across the UK.

They will gather on Wednesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 5 to debate low carbon energy issues and climate change, within the context of international development.

The event promises to be a fascinating experience, with participants drawn from a wide array of academic communities, government departments, private sector organisations and non-governmental organisations.

International in both its scope and significance, Low Carbon Energy for Development: Past Experiences and Future Challenges is being hosted by Loughborough University as part of the Midlands Energy Consortium (MEC) and is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Registration is now open online at
 http://store.lboro.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?catid=82&modid=2&compid=1 

LCEDN is led by Durham University Energy Institute (DEI), the Midlands Energy Consortium (comprising Loughborough, Birmingham, and Nottingham universities), Sussex University, Imperial College London and UKERC (UK Energy Research Centre).

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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

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 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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