This project has been commissioned by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Energy Strategic Advisory Council to maximise the impact of its research programme on key decision-making processes to secure a net-zero future. Its aim is to ensure that the research funded by the UKRI Energy and Decarbonisation Programme has the maximum opportunity to inform and guide the response of UK decision makers to climate change.
Representatives from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Committee on Climate Change, an industrial decarbonisation cluster, a non-governmental organisation and a large UKRI funded research centre were consulted to help shape the design and outputs of the project to ensure it delivers benefits and impact.
An advisory group chaired by Professor Jim Watson of University College London will provide a review of activities throughout the project and act as a governance body
THE PROJECT WILL...
Develop an understanding of the needs of decision makers and the requirements that they have for the evidence that informs their decision making
Recognise the wider systems impact of any decisions targeted at net-zero, gaining an understanding of where “decision-makers” have agency over decisions – providing insights into the complexity of formulating policy
Begin the process of structured engagement to build a more trusting relationship between industry, academia and government
Use a deliberative process by running a series of workshops with leading UK academics and key stakeholders from the public, private and third sectors
The desired outcome of the project is to create an environment whereby rapid but above all robust decisions made in the UK are informed by the most advanced research on climate mitigation.
“Framing the Vision” – will focus on gathering and structuring knowledge and consensus building within the academic community
“Building the Vision” –will seek to understand stakeholder perspectives of the net-zero challenge, future visions, constraints and opportunities with stakeholders from the public sector, private sector, boundary organisations and UKRI