Imperial announced this morning that the Institute for Climate Change, announced by the Rector at the Centenary Launch Lecture, will be funded by a £12m donation from the Grantham Foundation.
The Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment was founded in 1997 by Jeremy and Hannelore Grantham and supports a number of international charities, including the World Wildlife fund and Environmental Defence.
Imperial began building research institutes a number of years ago, in order to bring people from different departments together in one place to focus on important topical issues. The structure is intended to provide increased adaptability and access to external funding. The Institute for Biomedical Engineering recently moved into its home in Bessemer, again thanks to external sponsorship.
The Grantham Institute for Climate Change will bring together public health specialists, mechanical, aeronautical and civil engineers and atmospheric physicists.
The announcement comes at a time when students are increasingly pressing the College to take some action over its huge energy consumption, which still sits at 63 million kWh per year (down by around 1.3 million from 2004 to 2005).