Prince Charles launches initiative to address global sustainability challenges

Up to 12 new research fellowships will be created at Cambridge University with £3.6m in funding from industry partners

By Priyanka Shrestha

Prince Charles is launching a new initiative today aimed at addressing global sustainability challenges.

The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme – being launched to mark his 70th birthday – represents a £3.6 million commitment over three years from 12 industry partners.

Up to 15 Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellows will be appointed to undertake three-year research programmes to identify solutions to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Founding sponsors of the Fellowship Programme – with the University of Cambridge – include Anglian Water, Asda, AstraZeneca, The Equal Opportunities Foundation, Heathrow Airport Holdings, Paul and Michelle Gilding, Sainsbury’s, Sappi and Unilever.

The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) expects three more industry partners to join the initiative over the next year.

During the launch, Prince Charles is expected to say: “In a world full of uncertainty, we do need, more than ever, the best and most objective research that universities can provide.

“The idea of pooling the resources of leading academics and industry colleagues to research solutions to some of the most demanding global problems is long overdue.”