Responding to climate change

For more than 50 years, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), its councils and predecessors have worked to understand, tackle and mitigate the effects of climate change, and embed evidence in decision making and climate policy.

Today, the UK is at the forefront of a new, green industrial revolution. Research, innovation and partnership continue to underpin the UK’s commitment to:

  • achieving a net zero economy by 2050
  • respond to the challenges of climate change
  • live more sustainably.

On these pages you’ll find news and features touching on just some of the bold initiatives UKRI is enabling and supporting in this crucial endeavour. There are also a range of specific examples showing how researchers and innovators are making a difference, together with details of how UKRI is contributing towards the success of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

Climate podcast

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Research and innovation for climate action

UKRI at COP26​

Our role in supporting a Year of Climate Action

Moving towards net zero

The role of research and innovation in reducing UK carbon emissions​

Our global contribution

Working in partnership to address climate change​

Understanding our changing environment​

Understanding the causes and effects of climate change​

Developing new behaviours and solutions​

Responding to and reducing the impacts of climate change​

Predicting and managing climate risks​

Becoming more resilient to climate-related events​

Topical stories

A regular series of topical stories on climate change

Our climate pioneers

Researchers and innovators explain their role in tackling climate change

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