Addressing climate change is a major challenge of the 21st century, with the UK aiming to achieve net zero by 2050. Meeting net zero is an unprecedented challenge that requires concurrent, coordinated transformation of multiple vital and interconnected infrastructure systems - from transport and housing, to agriculture and heavy industry. Engineering expertise will be central to delivering a transition to prosperous and sustainable society.
In January 2020, the National Engineering Policy Centre began a programme of work to explore, inform, and advise policymakers on some of the hardest cross-cutting challenges and the opportunities that need to be addressed. Since its inception, the project has explored three key areas where engineers can contribute key insights to achieving net zero:
- Applying engineering principles to decision making
- Applying a systems approach to achieving net zero across whole sectors
- Providing technical engineering insight on the role of individual technologies
What is needed from different stakeholders to decarbonising the construction industry?
Foundations for a net zero recovery
Opportunities for decarbonisation following the COVID-19 crisis
Getting to net zero video explainers
Introducing a new approach to transforming infrastructure for net zero
Low regrets decision making
Read our framework for making rapid decisions in the face of uncertainty
Explore the role of hydrogen in a net zero energy system
System impacts of aviation fuel switching
Summary of an NEPC workshop exploring the needs and impacts of a range of aviation fuels on other systems
What we can do for you
We advise policy teams in government and elsewhere on systems approaches to net zero through workshops and papers, and engage widely and inclusively with a range of stakeholders who are crucial to delivering net zero.
If you are working on joining up the net zero dots and making a systems approach happen, or need help navigating this landscape, we want to hear from you.