Net Zero Futures

Delivering rapid emissions reductions and enhancing our ability to remove and store carbon.

How to deliver Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions globally is a challenge that drives a lot of our research at The University of Manchester. Solutions to deliver rapid emissions reductions and enhancing our ability to remove and store carbon are critical and complex, they require participation of all aspects of society, and cannot be seen in isolation from wider sustainability goals to build more resilient, inclusive, healthy and resourceful communities.

Our Net Zero research community is exploring many different solutions that can help us achieve these aims. We look at speeding up the transition from unabated fossil fuels to low carbon energy; fast-tracking the decarbonisation of sectors such as transport, fashion and food; innovation in transformational technologies including hydrogen and carbon removal and practices like diets and travel; measuring and accounting for greenhouse gas emissions; and the systems and processes governing such transitions.

Our research considers what can enable change. For example, we look at how to finance the low carbon transition, the policy incentives that can drive change and the role infrastructure can play in providing a secure energy supply and changing behaviours. We assess not only the impacts of these solutions, but how to deliver Net Zero in a fairer, more equitable way.

We value the importance of engagement and work with communities, businesses and policy makers to generate more insightful, practical and effective solutions. Our research looks at the different scales in which solutions are best delivered, from communities and cities to international supply chains and global initiatives; and how these scales interact.

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