Join Dr Jim Flemming for an overview of the EPSRC's work.
To help combat climate change, the UK has a target to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, an enormous task requiring changes to every sector of energy generation, supply, use and regulation.
These reductions need to be delivered while creating a secure energy system for the UK, providing affordable energy, enabling continued economic growth and limiting impact on scarce natural resources and the environment.
The key short-term challenge is to rapidly accelerate the deployment of green energy technologies that decarbonise our energy supply and increase energy efficiency in buildings, industry and transport sectors. There is also an opportunity to develop existing networks and infrastructure to support the changing energy landscape, such as through carbon capture and storage and large-scale deployment of renewables.
It is only through fundamental research focused on addressing these challenges that truly transformative changes to our energy future beyond 2050 can occur.
The EPSRC energy programme is uniquely positioned to provide policymakers with guidance about the development of potential energy scenarios and their impact on citizens, the economy and the environment. This demands understanding of behaviour change, environmental systems analysis and technological innovation.
Dr Jim Fleming is Head of the Energy Theme at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UKRI (UK Research and Innovation).
His previous roles in EPSRC included looking after the Centres for Doctoral Training, being part of the initial Manufacturing the Future Theme in 2010 and, many years ago, the e-Science programme. He has a degree and PhD in Chemistry.
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