Energy and the zero-carbon economy
Oxford is well-placed to lead a whole-systems approach to climate change, given our broad profile in the area of energy research, with over 180 senior researchers addressing major technical, societal, economic and policy issues.
Climate change is of increasing concern to people living in the UK, culminating most recently in civil protest and a parliamentary declaration of a “climate change emergency”. Yet solutions to this crisis offer great opportunities to economies that are capable of tackling the complex issues involved in a whole-systems approach. Oxford is placed to lead such change, given our broad profile in the area of energy research, with over 180 senior researchers addressing major technical, societal, economic and policy issues. Within our joined-up, cross-disciplinary Oxford Energy Network, we address major challenges in areas of carbon-free energy generation (solar, wind, marine, nuclear, bio), energy storage (batteries, fuel cells, hydrogen), impact on transport and electricity networks, energy demand, efficiency, policy, regulation and economics, and the specific needs of developing countries. Our intensive engagement with industrial partners, governments, NGOs and scientists elsewhere has led to substantial impact that is felt across the world.
Visit the Oxford Energy Research Network website for more information.