COP26: Whole systems research for net zero

07 Oct 2021

With COP26 taking place in Glasgow this November, we want to highlight the vital importance of whole-systems expertise for addressing the climate crisis.

Reaching net zero will require significant changes to our energy system that will impact all areas of the economy and society, from how we power industrial processes, to how we heat our homes and move from A to B. Whole-systems research is vital to help us both understand the pathway to net zero, but also how these changes will impact and influence other wider systems.

The UKERC consortium delivers a programme of whole systems research that informs UK policy development, working towards a low-carbon, sustainable future. It brings together engineers, environmental and social scientists to explore many of the challenges facing the energy system today.

In the lead up to COP26, we will be publishing a series of outputs, and contributing to a number of activities that highlight our whole-systems expertise and how this can feed into net zero decision making.

Key outputs and topics are listed below:

  • Blog: ‘Shining a light on Glasgow’ by UKERC researcher Jamie Stewart, University of Strathclyde
  • Podcast: ‘Exploring the 2035 clean power target’ hosted by Jessica Bays, with UKERC Director Rob Gross
  • Blog: ‘Local energy’ by UKERC researchers Jess Britten and Jan Webb, University of Edinburgh
  • Podcast: ‘Mobility’ hosted by Claire Spooner, EPSRC, with UKERC Co-Directors Christian Brand, University of Oxford and Jillian Anable University of Leeds
  • Blog: ‘Environment and energy’ by UKERC Co-Director Nicky Beaumont, Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Podcast: ‘Is the UK an example of decarbonisation?’ hosted by UKERC Director Rob Gross, with guests Rebecca Newsom of Greenpeace and Simon Sharpe, Cabinet Office COP26 Unit

More activities TBC.