OCT 98] COVENTRY UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE
Universities And Industry Team Up To Combat Pollution In China
Coventry University will be a key member of the Sino-UK Centre of
Excellence for Automotive and Environmental Technologies being established as a result of
a conference organised in China to coincide with the visit of Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The Beijing conference, organised by the Department of
Trade and Industry (DTI) and the National Environmental Protection Adminstration of China,
looked at way of improving air quality and reducing exhaust emissions.
Attending the conference representing Coventry University,
and signing a Memorandum of Understanding to establish the Centre, were Professor Bob
Pryce, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Darkins and Dr Martin Underwood,
Managing Director of Coventry University Enterprises Ltd.
"The Centre will focus on a range of automotive and
environmental technologies, with its key focus being a major effort to reduce
pollution - particularly from buses and commercial vehicles" explains Dr Underwood.
"Buses comprise the fastest growing vehicle segment in
the China today, so the work of the Centre will be crucial in helping ensure good air
quality in China's rapidly growing cities" he added.
The partners in the Centre, who will work with major UK
companies already established in China are:
- Coventry University
- Queen's University, Belfast
- Johnson Matthey
- Qinghua University
- The Chinese Academy of Environmental Sciences
- Beijing Polytechnic University
- Beijing Automotive Research Institute
During the conference, Perkins Engines displayed a bus from
Changzhou which utilises a diesel engine compliant with European emissions standards that
will be manufactured by the Perkins joint venture company in Tianjin.
Johnson Matthey also demonstrated the latest catalytic
technology, and are working on the development of a programme to reduce pollution from
buses in Beijing as part of their work with the Centre.
Cyrrhian Macrae or Floyd Jebson 01203 838352