The UK is at the forefront of a new, green industrial revolution to:
- reduce waste, pollution and greenhouse gas emissions
- create healthy, resource-efficient urban and domestic environments
- deliver sustainable agricultural and food systems
- create circular economies
- grow clean energy solutions
- expand green finance, low-carbon services and the digital economy.
Research, innovation and partnership underpin this revolution and the UK’s commitment to achieving a net zero economy by 2050.
People across the research and innovation system have the experience and ideas to help us all tackle climate change and live more sustainably.
For more than 50 years, UKRI and the councils have invested in cutting-edge research and innovation. We have worked to:
- understand, tackle and mitigate the effects of climate change
- embed evidence in decision making and climate policy.
The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) takes place in November 2021. In the run up to this, we will use our role as stewards of the research and innovation system to bring our communities together. We will create sustainable solutions and encourage new ways of living that enable the UK to reach net zero by 2050. We will celebrate the breadth and diversity of our communities and the vital contribution researchers and innovators are making towards climate action.
The UK has a strong record of investment in research and innovation for clean growth and environmental sustainability. As President of COP26, in partnership with Italy, it is leading international collaboration to commit to climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience.
Last updated: 10 March 2021