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Climate Change and Sustainability

05 July 2011

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A leading University social psychologist has joined the top advisory body for climate policy in Wales.

Dr Lorraine Whitmarsh, a lecturer at the School of Psychology and associate of the University’s Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) and the Sustainable Places Research Institute, has accepted the invitation to join the Welsh Government’s Climate Change Commission for Wales.

The Commission was set up in 2007 to bring together the main political parties, sector interests, delivery bodies, academics and climate change experts to support delivery of the climate change agenda in Wales.

The Commission’s purpose is to agree the action needed to address climate change, provide leadership in tackling both the causes and consequences of climate change in Wales, and make recommendations to the Welsh Government. It played a central role in developing the Government’s Climate Change Strategy for Wales.

Dr Whitmarsh’s role in the Commission will be to offer expertise primarily in climate change perceptions, low-carbon transport, and behaviour change. She said, "I am thrilled to be joining the Commission, which is supporting the Welsh Government’s leadership role in tackling climate change. I hope to be able to offer additional insights into the behavioural dimensions of climate change to help inform ongoing development and monitoring of policy.

"An understanding of human behaviour and decision-making is critical for addressing climate change, since all our actions have a carbon footprint and we are all likely to be affected by climate change impacts. As individuals, our travel choices are amongst the most significant behaviours in terms of carbon emissions," she added.

The Climate Change Commission for Wales and Higher Education Wales are hosting a Climate Change showcase this week to celebrate the role of Wales’ universities in tackling climate change. Cardiff University will be well represented at the showcase, with a presence on more than half the exhibitor stands.

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement and International, Professor Hywel Thomas, will present a case study at the showcase on the recently launched SEREN project run by the Geoenvironmental Research Centre (GRC) at the School of Engineering.

The £8.3M green energy project will help businesses in West Wales and the Valleys develop new technologies and products, aiming to create up to 150 jobs in the low-carbon economy.

‘Climate Change and Sustainability: Bringing university technology and business together’ takes place on Thursday July 7th at the Swalec Stadium, from 11.00am until 2.00pm.

For more information or to register your attendance, please click here.

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