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;
  • and 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.

For more than 50 years, UKRI and the councils have invested in cutting-edge research and innovation to understand, tackle and mitigate the effects of climate change and embed evidence in decision-making and climate policy.

In the run-up to the COP26 summit in November 2021, we will use our role as stewards of the research and innovation system to bring our communities together to create sustainable and resilient solutions and encourage new behaviours and 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 track record of investment in the research and innovation required to deliver clean growth, net zero and environmental sustainability, and currently holds a unique position of leadership – Presidency of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), in partnership with Italy – to strengthen global commitment to climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience through international collaboration.

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