A new era of scientific collaboration between the UK and India was launched at the University of Greenwich on 24 October 2016 with the opening of the Indo-UK Centre for Environment Research and Innovation (IU-CERI).

Professor Colin Hills, Professor of Environment & Materials Engineering at the university, and an IU-CERI Director, said: “This relationship between Greenwich and the Central Institute of Mining & Fuel Research is focused on the development of low-carbon solutions to India’s environment problems. For example, as India’s economy rapidly develops, new technological solutions are required to address diverse issues, including rising carbon emissions, the impacts from the extraction of natural resources and the development of a circular economy, which keeps resources in use rather than using them up.”

The collaboration will develop joint research and expertise with direct links to the Indian Government, businesses and communities.

The partnership between the university and the institute started in 2015 when the Royal Society, London and the Indian Ministry of Science & Technology sponsored a ‘low carbon mission’ to India, led by Greenwich. “The aim of the mission was to introduce innovative UK technology to Indian environmental problems through knowledge sharing and staff exchanges,” adds Colin. “Last year the prime ministers of both countries jointly declared the year 2016 as the UK-India year of education, research and innovation.”

The institute’s Indian launch, to be held early in 2017, will be attended by members of the Indian Government, key industries and UK researchers affiliated with IU-CERI.