The Grantham Institute aims to drive highly collaborative climate and environment-related research that has a real-world impact. The Institute harnesses the tremendous strengths of world-class researchers from Imperial College London’s four main areas – engineering, natural sciences, medicine and business – and external partners to address climate change and environment related issues. The impact-focused nature of this research ensures it is influential in informing fundamental understanding of climate processes to environmental impacts, mitigation technologies and policies.
Understanding the processes underpinning our planet’s climate is fundamental to predicting future change. Research focuses on expanding our knowledge of the oceans and atmosphere and the way in which these systems influence one another, forming the basis for more accurate climate models. Evaluating the confidence that can be placed in these projections is also crucial to devising effective policies.
Earth and Life Sciences
Climate and environmental change will affect ecosystems, resources, and natural events such as disasters across the globe. Research at Imperial ranges widely across earth and life sciences to understand the processes that drive them, and identify, quantify and analyse the potential impacts. Such knowledge can ultimately help to predict the effects of environmental change and inform decisions relating to adaptive measures.
Energy and Low-Carbon Futures
Technologies have the potential to deliver efficient, low-carbon, resilient energy systems, transport and buildings. Imperial’s involvement in large-scale experiments, demonstration projects, and national research programmes are expected to help the UK advance its low-carbon industries and successfully bring about a low-carbon future with clean and accessible energy and technologies.
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Economics and Finance
Economics underpins many of the ways that human society views the earth’s resources, and the financial value that decision-makers place on environmental protection can influence behaviour. Research investigates the impact of sustainable investment, financial incentives, and policies like carbon taxes or emission trading schemes.
Resources and Pollution
The earth has a finite supply of naturally occurring resources, which human society uses for its own advancement and development. Research here looks to quantify the environmental implications of our need for resources like water, food, raw materials and chemicals, and how to meet this demand sustainably.
Explore our projects spanning scientific research, policy and business.
Plastic pollution in the ocean
At the Grantham Institute, we study the sources, impact and solutions to plastic in the ocean.
Limiting global warming to 1.5°C
Important work is being done at universities like Imperial to broaden and strengthen the knowledge base to guide climate policymaking.
The Grantham Institute is leading Greening Imperial, a cross-campus and community initiative calling for action on climate change and sustainability.
Climate impact of electric vehicles
This infographic shows how much of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is produced by driving an electric car one kilometre.
Next-generation climate mitigation technologies
This infographic shows 18 early-stage technologies that all have the potential to make significant contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Centre for Cleantech Innovation
The Centre for Cleantech Innovation supports innovators and entrepreneurs to develop solutions for a sustainable and resilient low-carbon future.
China and Global Energy Governance
A joint project with China’s Energy Research Institute (ERI) and the NDRC on the role of China in global energy governance.
Imperial College London at COP25
Find out about our activities at the UN Climate Change Conference 2019 (COP25) in Madrid.
Ring of Fire Project
The study is the first to characterise the impacts of climate change on multi-species systems at such an unprecedented scale.
AVOID 2 is a research programme that provides key advice to the UK Government on climate change issues