Putting Net Zero into Action: addressing the implementation gap

The UKERC research conference ‘Putting Net Zero into Action: addressing the implementation gap‘ will take place at etc.venues, Manchester, on 13 and 14 June 2022.

Conference overview

With the publication of the Net Zero Strategy in October 2021, the UK has a plan to achieve deep emission cuts for the first time. It has been welcomed by some and criticised by others, with two organisations recently filing for a Judicial Review over perceived shortcomings.

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together academics, industrialists and policymakers with an interest in the research into, and actual implementation of net zero within a policy context. The conference will examine the views of a range of stakeholders in key policy areas to understand in detail the strengths and weaknesses of the Net Zero Strategy, and what the next steps should be.

The policy areas being examined at the conference are:

  1. Implications of high oil and gas prices for our decarbonisation strategy
  2. Power decarbonisation – should there be a nuclear renaissance?
  3. Biomass strategy and negative emission technologies
  4. Public: how to decarbonise homes and cars while protecting vulnerable people?
  5. Industry sector: how to decarbonise while maintaining competitiveness?
  6. Public sector: The roles of local government in enabling decarbonisation, both directly and as an enabler for other sectors
  7. Behavioural change opportunities
  8. Costs and benefits of decarbonisation
  9. Customer engagement and regulation
  10. Green innovation and investment, and opportunities for ‘levelling up’
  11. Energy infrastructure
  12. UK natural environment considerations, including land and seas

As the conference is a ‘hybrid event’ we also welcome contributions intended for the digital platform, e.g. videos or other presentations that can be uploaded and presented on the platform.

Attendees wishing to submit an abstract for the poster session or the digital platform will find more information here.

Book your ticket

To attend the conference please complete our two step process, step 1 is to register you attendance on Eventbrite, step 2 is to pay for your ticket on UCL stores. Please note that your ticket is only confirmed once payment has been made via UCL stores. Please use the links below to complete this process:

Step 1: Register your attendance on Eventbrite

Step 2: Pay for your ticket on UCL stores 


  • In person attendees, 2 days: £90
  • In person attendees, 1 day: £55
  • Online attendees: £45
  • UKERC will cover the registration fees of ECRs who are presenting a poster in the poster session


Organising Committee

Chair: Paul Dodds, UCL
Members: Ahmed Gailani, University of Leeds; Robert Gross, Director UKERC; Kajsa-Stina Longuere, UKERC; Andrew Lovett, University of East Anglia; Colin Nolden, University of Bristol; Helen Poulter, University of Edinburgh; Meysam Qadrdan, Cardiff University; Amber Sawyer, UKERC; Katherine Sugar, University of Edinburgh; Diana Batista, UKERC.

13 June 2022 - 14 June 2022