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UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)

We are exploring how industry can dramatically reduce its greenhouse gases emissions by 2050, so helping the UK to meet its net-zero target.


£18 million

Project status

In progress


1 Apr 2019 to 31 Mar 2024

In collaboration with the University of Leeds, we are leading UKERC research on Industrial Decarbonisation.

A whole-systems approach

Going beyond the major energy intensive sectors we are exploring how the availability of future infrastructure – such as hydrogen networks or carbon dioxide pipelines – could impact the cost of emissions reduction pathways for key industrial sectors.

By 2050 the UK aims to meet its net-zero target for greenhouse gas emissions. Through our research, we hope to help industry reach this target.

Our research partners

Our partners are based at 20 institutions throughout the UK.

  • Cardiff University
  • Chatham House
  • Durham University
  • Imperial College London
  • Lancaster University
  • Newcastle University
  • Plymouth Marine Laboratory
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • University College London
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Warwick

Our external project partners are:

  • Aldersgate Group
  • Association for Decentralised Energy
  • Department for Transport
  • Department for Bus, Energy & Ind Strat (BEIS)
  • Energy Systems Catapult
  • Marine Management Organisation
  • National Grid
  • Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Solar Trade Association
  • SP Energy Networks
  • Tata Steel UK Limited
  • The Alan Turing Institute-
  • The Committee on Climate Change
  • The Faraday Institution
  • Welsh Government

Contact us

If you have any questions about our research or are interested in collaboration, please contact us.