UCL-led centre to investigate challenges of net zero future
New funding for the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), which extends across 20 institutions and is hosted by the UCL Energy Institute, will enable engineers, social scientists and natural scientists to conduct vital research into the challenges of a net zero emissions future. In the fourth phase of UKERC, £22 million will be allocated to research on the decarbonisation of key sectors such as industry, transport, and heat, and explore the role of local, national and global changes in energy systems.
UKRI is providing £18 million support for the fourth phase of UKERC, while partners will contribute £4 million. UKERC’s new Director is Dr Robert Gross, from Imperial College London, succeeding Professor Jim Watson (UCL Energy Institute), who has led the centre since 2015.
Led by UCL, UKERC encompasses 17 universities, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chatham House and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and is funded through the UKRI Energy Programme by UKRI’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council.
UCL leads on UKERC’s Energy Modelling Hub, and contributes to themes on UK Energy in a Global Context; Local and Regional Energy Systems; Energy, Ecosystems and Resources; and Energy Infrastructure Transitions.
UKERC’s research programme will build evidence to inform decisions that shape the UK's transition towards a net zero energy system and economy. It will explore the potential economic, political, social and environmental costs and benefits of energy system change, and consider how these impacts can be distributed equitably. UKERC will also host and curate energy data, map and monitor public engagement, carry out systematic evidence reviews and improve the transparency and understanding of energy models.
UKERC will also continue to support the wider energy research community by facilitating engagement with other stakeholders, supporting career development and capacity building, and enhancing international collaboration.
(Content Courtesy: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2020/feb/ucl-led-centre-investigate-challenges-net-zero-future)