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Launch of UK Low Carbon Energy for Development Network

launch of uk lcdnThe Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) was officially launched on 13 January 2012. LCEDN will bring together researchers, policy-makers and practitioners from the UK to collbaorate on expanding research capacity around low carbon energy in the developing world.

At the launch DFID's Chief Scientific Adviser and UKCDS Board member, Professor Chris Whitty (centre), highlighted the urgent need for this network, which will use existing research expertise to address one of the most pressing issues for sustainable international development: 

'Energy is one of the most important and one of the most difficult subjects in international development'

In his address Professor Richard Davies (right), Director of the Durham Energy Institute, praised the UK's energy research record, and the 'suberb progress' that the network's members have already made, including setting up a website, with databases of researchers, funding, publications, events and other resources.

The network was in part the brainchild of Dr Nafees Meah (left), leader of DECC's Climate and Energy: Science Analysis Team and a UKCDS Official, and DECC is supporting the network with initial funding. Dr Meah said that developing country counterparts are eagerly anticipating the impact that LCEDN will have on this important agenda. 

UKCDS will work with LCEDN to faciliate linkages and networking with scientists and policy-makers in developing countries, such as through our Bangladesh project.

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