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LCRI Heads to China

Post date: June 17, 2014

LCRI Heads to China

In March 2014, Professor Phil Jones, Chair of the LCRI, travelled to China on a 9 day tour, as part of the Wales in China trade delegation, which included the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, the Welsh Government, and several industry partners.  The delegates also included Gary Davies, Director of European and External Affairs for Welsh Government.

The group travelled to Chongqing, Shanghai and Beijing, and met with academics, local businesses and Chinese government officials to promote Welsh companies working in within the low carbon built environment, and to facilitate and encourage collaborations with Chinese partners.

The visit included formal presentations at each city followed by one to one meetings, workshops, presentations and networking events.  In Chongqing, the events were hosted be CAST, the Chongqing Academy of Science and Technology and in Shanghai by the Shanghai Low Carbon Industry Network.

The evening sessions were co-ordinated by Welsh Government, and consisted of the trade delegation meeting an invited audience, including representatives from both Chinese and UK companies, with the aim of developing links within the 3 cities.

There were also meetings arranged by the Embassy Trade departments to liaise with local businesses to research the business operating requirements and taxation laws. The delegation also met with officials from the Shanghai Energy Saving Promotion Centre, the Shanghai Research Institute of Building Science, the Beijing Investment Promotion Bureau, and the Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

Craig Anderson CEO of Warm Wales said “The Chinese market for goods and services in low carbon technologies clearly has enormous potential. The ground-work laid by Welsh Government, has fostered serious commercial and academic links. We have already had strong interest in companies seeking co-operative ventures in low carbon methodologies, insulation materials and building systems. There has also been keen interest from Government circles in the role of the Community interest Company model and we have ongoing dialogue in sharing our experiences. Overall, the trip has given us access to significant opportunities and a more acute understanding that Welsh companies need to have a global perspective.”

Professor Phil Jones said “The trade mission allowed the LCRI to join with other stake holders from the UK, to visit the LCRI research centres in China, and develop stronger links with our international partners in Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing, and enables us to communicate our research and successes on an international platform. It demonstrates how university research can form a basis for international industry engagement between Wales and China.

The LCRI currently has three centres in China, in the cities of Chongqing, Tianjin, and Guangzhou. These centres have led to research funding and collaborative links, such as with Tianjin University’s new 111 project on low carbon buildings. LCRI works closely with the Welsh Government to develop links with industries in China to further economic benefits. Recent work across the China centres with funding from Chinese government and industry and UK FCO funding led to a Guidance document for a Low Carbon Built Environment for use by the Chinese construction industry.

China is currently undergoing a low carbon evolution, and is looking at ways to cut costs, and reduce its carbon output, and the low carbon related markets and research centres in China are growing. By aligning ourselves with Chinese partners, the LCRI is developing links with international academics, and in terms of our Welsh industrial partners, establishing connections within an expanding market, which could bring a lot of economic benefit back to Wales.”


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