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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

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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.



February 2021

“Framing the Vision” – will focus on gathering and structuring knowledge and consensus building within the academic community


June 2021

“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


November 2021

“Comparing the Vision” – will reflect upon the vision and consensus thinking derived from the stakeholder groups participating in Round Two and share that with the original academic participants in Round One


May 2022

“Sharing the Vision” – the final workshop will bring together academics and representatives of the stakeholder groups to agree outputs of the project to inform a narrative on what is required to deliver a net-zero future in the short-term (the next 10 years) and the longer-term (from 2030) guided by the best academic evidence

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