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UCL research guiding the global energy transition

UCL research has been at the forefront of innovative and groundbreaking research guiding the global transition away from fossil fuels to a clean energy system

Fossil fuel phase-out is crucial to limit global warming

UCL research is guiding the phase-out of fossil fuels, estimating 60% of oil and gas and 90% of coal reserves need to remain in the ground.

By Dr Steve Pye and Dr James Price

How shipping can set the course for decarbonisation

UCL research is helping create pathways for green energy to power the global shipping industry.

By Dr Tristan Smith

New ways to trade green energy

UCL research is addressing howUK homeowners could trade solar electricity using a peer-to-peer system like Airbnb.

By Dr Michael Fell

Decarbonising London’s social housing

UCL researchshows howLondon’s Islington Council has partnered can decarbonise social housing in pursuit of net zero.

By Dr Steve Evans

Podcast: Lifting living standards with low emissions

How can low-income countries lift living standards as the world works to reduce global carbon emissions?

With Professor Priti Parikh, Professor Jing Meng and Dr Simon Chin-Yee

The energy model helping the UK achieve net zero

A UCL energy system model has become a key tool used by the UK Government in the transition to net zero.

By Professor Paul Dodds

Measuring how we cope with runaway energy bills

Photograph of the roofs of terraced houses covered in snow on a cold and snowy day

The Bartlett's Smart Energy Research Lab (SERL) has provided unprecedented insights into UK household energy use – and how we respond to rising energy costs.

By Dr Clare Hanmer and Dr Ellen Zapata-Webborn

Creating a laboratory for domestic energy usage

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UCL Energy Institute and Oxford University’s new collaborative longitudinal study will put household energy consumption under the microscope.

By Tadj Oreszczyn

Climate resilience for UK railways

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Researchers from the UCL Energy Institute are using new models to help prepare the UK rail network for climate disruption.

ByDr Yuerong Zhang

The world is facing a decisive moment in the fight against the climate crisis. AtCOP28, global leaders agreed for the first time to “transition away” from fossil fuels as the key driver of carbon emissions and rising global temperatures.Thisglobal energy transition means a radical shift in the way we produce and use energy.UCL research shows thatthe majority of fossil fuels needs to remain in the ground for us to have any chance of achieving the climate goals set out in the Paris Agreement, signed in 2015. And that rapid scaling of clean energy technologies is also required to displace fossil fuels, and meet growing demand.

Achieving this energy transition will be complex. Governments and industries need to make sure energy is accessible, affordable and secure for people around the world, while at the same timepursuing collective effortsto cut carbon emissions.

At UCL, we firmly believe this change is possible. Our research and expertise highlight how the global energy transition can be achieved, harnessing the power of collaboration and digital innovation.We are equipping the next generation of leaders to deliver the global energy transition through our education programmes – building future skills across energy technologies, policy, markets and economics.


UCL energy research

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Energy Transition and Net Zero

How can society transition towards net zero? To take control of the climate crisis, we need to transition to a net zero society. This means decarbonising our whole energy system, from the way our energy is generated and supplied to how we use it in our daily lives.

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Data and Digitalisation

We are unlocking the power of energy data to help us make informed choices in the transition to net zero. Data about how people use energy in their homes can help us identify poor energy performance and analyse the effectiveness of efficiency measures. Big data is also transforming the way in which we understand and plan for the transition to sustainable mobility.

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Climate Resilience and Adaptation

Globally, we are already experiencing extreme weather and disasters due to climate change. Steps need to be taken to reduce the impact on our communities and infrastructures. At UCL Energy Institute we’re combining a multitude of methods and tools, to help decision makers understand the impact of climate related disasters.

Celebrating15 years of the UCLEnergy Institute

The UCL Energy Institute is a global hub for energy research, with a rich body of expertise and partnerships across governments and industry. This year we are celebrating our 15th anniversaryat the forefront of pioneering research that has significantly advanced our understanding of sustainable energy.


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