Welsh Government net zero funding ‘very welcome’, stakeholders say

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Universities Wales said the new funding “came at a crucial time”.

Swansea University International Vice-President Judith Lamie said News from the PIE the institution was “joyed” by the news, as it was “committed to reducing our impact on the environment”.

“This additional support from the Welsh Government will ensure that we continue to share best practice in our operations, research and programmes,” said Lamie.

According to the Welsh Government, education service providers are to use the funding on “innovative plans to improve their carbon footprint”, including new training materials to incorporate learning about net zero practices into their training across courses.

As part of the funding, £10 million will also be provided for future research activities “aligned with Welsh Government priorities” at colleges and universities across the country.

“The additional support for research activity will have a positive and tangible impact,” said Amanda Wilkinson, director of Universities Wales.

“It is vital that Wales is at the forefront of research and innovation, including for the social, health and economic benefits this activity provides,” Wilkinson added.

“Our colleges and universities have an important role in the national effort to achieve net zero, as major employers across Wales and places of learning for workers who will apply their learning in highly skilled occupations” , said Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and Welsh. Language.

“Our universities have made a series of commitments to support net zero, including setting emission reduction targets”

The money will also be used to improve college and university infrastructure, including more LED lighting and more electric car charging stations on campus.

Lamie noted that the funding will help universities continue their fight against climate change, as institutions have already committed to making substantial changes.

“Carbon efficiency [at Swansea] have been achieved through educational activities such as our Student Sustainability Award and the Student Switch Off program,” Lamie explained.

“Our universities have made a series of commitments to support net zero, including setting emission reduction targets and ensuring that these targets are visible on their websites,” Wilkinson continued.

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