School of Informatics

Informatics involved in China’s first low-carbon college

China’s first college for the study of low-carbon technology has opened with the support of experts from University of Edinburgh’s schools, including Informatics.

China-UK Low Carbon College sign

The China-UK Low Carbon College (LCC) in Lingang, Shanghai, will become a key centre for the exchange of ideas, talent, technology and resources to tackle global environmental challenges.

Students, academics and industry experts from China, the UK and farther afield will develop a range of projects, courses and partnerships.

These will be based around ideas that include sustainable construction, air quality and energy efficiency, as well as developing smarter cities that use data and digital technology to improve quality of life.

The new college is a joint initiative between the University of Edinburgh, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Shanghai Lingang City, and is based in a custom-designed facility in Lingang, south of Shanghai.

The College will also explore opportunities for joint undergraduate and PhD education programmes and operate an exchange programme for faculty members, support staff and graduate students. The aim is to grow the student population at the LCC to more than 1,000.

The two courses currently offered by the College are an MSc in Energy and an MSc in Environment. Further courses will be launched in the coming months, including Carbon Finance, Management, Smart Cities, and Circular Economy.

The College will build upon the achievements of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI), part of the University of Edinburgh, which has helped more than 1,000 Scottish companies develop their business and build international links.

Six Schools at the University of Edinburgh are involved in the new College – Business, GeoSciences, Engineering, Informatics, Law and Chemistry.

ECCI Deputy Director Ed Craig, who will be the College’s new Dean, said: “Our vision is to create a game-changing ‘green bridge’ for the development and implementation of climate solutions and world-class research on a massive scale between Edinburgh and Shanghai's new 'smart city', Lingang.”