Carbon-cutting grant

£3 million (about $5 million) in funding from the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), will be matched by funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) to help scientists at the University of Southampton, UK to develop technology for low-carbon cities across the UK and China. The announcement coincides with the State visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the UK in October. The University’s Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) will collaborate with Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology to investigate how to reduce the carbon footprint of existing technology and to search for alternative energy sources and reduce energy demands. The cities of Portsmouth and Xian will be the focus of case studies.