The Energy and Environment Institute operates at the interface between sustainable energy, environmental and societal resilience. Through world-leading science, innovation and sustainable solutions, it will help to shape a more resilient future for our environment and for societies across the world. The institute will explore the interaction within the food-energy-water security nexus. And it will seek to understand the interface between climate and the Earth system.
Established in 2016, the institute gathers leading scientists across this multidisciplinary space to conduct impactful research. Its work addresses global challenges surrounding climate change and its potentially devastating consequences. The institute will focus on better predicting how the world’s climate will affect communities to ensure that people can carve out a sustainable future. It will seek adaptation and mitigation measures to the challenges that environmental change creates.
The research will, for example, look at how the changing climate can alter ecosystem services and explore the implications for societies and communities dependent on these services for food, energy and everyday life.
The world’s population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. This will create huge pressures on a finite resource during a period of unprecedented climate change. We need to adapt our societies and communities to maintain and grow standards of living across the globe.
Aid organisations and governments worldwide, including the UK Department for International Development, are now investing millions in funding research to help build sustainable futures. And the accelerating growth in renewable energy and resource recovery from waste is rapidly reducing global carbon emissions.
The institute's research will focus on four key themes: global change, risk and resilience; co-evolution of Earth and life; 'Energy Estuary' 2050; and energy and resource recovery from waste.
Partnership and collaboration drives our work. We work in partnership with a wide range of individuals, organisations and institutions – from museums to NGOs, from local to national and international governments - to promote our work and to deliver broad impact from our multidisciplinary research.