Research is vital to a cleaner, greener, low carbon future

December 03, 2009

The UK leads the world when it comes to investment in energy efficient technologies research, but Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Chief Executive Dave Delpy believes that more is needed: "Scientific and engineering research has already brought us fuel cells, marine, wind and solar power solutions, but more investment is needed to develop the capabilities of different solutions if we are to meet our carbon emission targets by 2020 and limit the impact of climate change."

According to Ofgem, the gas and electricity authority, UK emissions are falling 0.5% per year, but a 2-3% reduction is needed to meet targets. To tackle the problem, the Committee on Climate Change wants more investment in low carbon technology.

Emerging solutions to sustainable living funded by EPSRC include:According to Delpy these innovations are only one part of the solution:

"Scientists and engineers in the UK have developed groundbreaking low carbon technologies to help us reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. However, what is now needed is further research into how to deploy these devices in the most efficient and cost effective manner that has the least impact on the natural environment."

Research Councils UK Energy Programme led by EPSRC is investing more than £530 million in research in the UK to develop low carbon technologies to fight the effects of climate change.

EPSRC is bringing together engineers and scientists with industry partners including E.ON UK, EDF Energy, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and many more.
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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

EPSRC is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing more than £850 million a year in a broad range of subjects - from mathematics to materials science, and from information technology to structural engineering. www.epsrc.ac.uk

For further information: contact the EPSRC Press Office Tel: 01793 444404 or e-mail: pressoffice@epsrc.ac.uk

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