Aberdeen researcher appointed to EU Working Group on urban energy solutions

Professor Richard Laing, a Senior Member of Robert Gordon University’s Institute for Innovation, Design and Sustainability Research (IDEAS) has been appointed to the EU’s Energy Efficient Buildings Working Group, a high-profile panel exploring urban energy solutions.

Established by the EU’s Smart Cities and Communities Platform, the Working Group forms part of a research programme into innovative solutions for supplying energy more effectively and efficiently in modern cities.

Bringing together knowledge and understanding in new technologies, the group is comprised of representatives from academia, local and national governments and industry from across Europe. All members were selected based on a rigorous evaluation of their expertise and specialisation.

It is hoped that the Group’s research should lead to the acceleration in development and deployment of energy efficient and low-carbon technological applications in Europe. The Platform supports the EU towards its goal of an 80% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Professor Laing, a Research Co-ordinator based at The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment in Garthdee, comments:

“Smart Cities is an ongoing programme of heavily funded research within the EU. I’m very much looking forward to taking part in discussions and providing expertise which will help shape future work and efforts in the future.”

“The Working Group aims to link data and resources to potential users and developers enabling cities and local governments to finance leading-edge technological solutions.”

Professor Laing was also recently invited to speak at the Open University in Milton Keynes where he participated in a workshop on ‘designing space’ alongside colleagues from Strathclyde University and the Architectural Association, and presented a seminar on his research into built environment visualisation.

Addressing academics and research students in the Computing Department, Professor Laing spoke about his research work in IDEAS regarding visualisation and user engagement in the design of urban environments.

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Sarah Grieve
Communications Officer

Robert Gordon University
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