The energy and decarbonisation theme aims to position the UK to meet its energy and environmental targets and policy goals through investing in world-class research. It leads the UKRI energy programme on behalf of all research councils, bringing strategy to UK energy research in support of government targets.
The overarching goal of the energy and decarbonisation theme is to invest in research and innovation to secure a low-carbon future, through the creation of reliable, economically viable energy systems while protecting the natural environment, resources and quality of life.
Our aims are to realise the benefits from past research and to focus our resources and build our portfolio in areas with the potential to meet the UK’s 2050 climate change and net zero targets.
The energy and decarbonisation theme promotes multidisciplinary partnerships between researchers, industry, funders and government departments, and has a current portfolio in excess of £500 million.
Each research area covered by the energy and decarbonisation theme is listed below:
EPSRC has been actively managing its portfolio since 2004 to enhance the UK’s international standing in energy and decarbonisation research.
Working with the UKRI energy programme Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) we have updated the energy programme’s priorities, which are followed by the EPSRC energy and decarbonisation theme priorities.
Our inputs included the UK government’s Clean Growth Strategy, the work of the Net Zero Innovation Board and wider feedback on strengths and future priorities following community engagement undertaken by EPSRC’s energy and decarbonisation team.
Key engagement activities
Using the UKRI energy programme priorities to commence discussions, the EPSRC energy and decarbonisation theme engaged with a variety of stakeholders through a series of activities including:
- formal, structured activities: for example, workshops, regular meetings of the Energy programme SAC and the cross-research council programme coordination group
- less formal discussions with: academic and industrial stakeholders, UKRI partners, and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
We meet regularly with the SAC to review areas directly associated with energy and decarbonisation research, as well as those from across EPSRC’s portfolio that may potentially have some bearing on energy and decarbonisation research.
We also routinely engage with a number of key stakeholders in energy and decarbonisation across the research and innovation landscape, including policymakers, academia and businesses.
We drew heavily on these relationships to ensure the national research priorities for energy and decarbonisation in the UK are well supported.