Bright lines travelling over a roof top at duskIn order to avoid the unintended consequences caused by focussing on problems individually instead of considering the wider landscape, this theme links all the other pillars of research in the initiative. By taking a holistic view of the issues of global pollution we will find solutions to address this major societal challenge.  We have highlighted some of our research using a systems approach below.

There is a wealth of research being undertaken at the College using a systems perspective, you can find out more on the systems research at Imperial website.

Energy systems

Global Power System Transformation Consortium (G-PST)

Imperial is part of the Global Power System Transformation Consortium (G-PST) which was officially launched in April 2021 by the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Kwasi Kwarteng and US Secretary of the Department of Energy Jennifer Granholm, alongside CEOs of power system operators and institutions from around the world. G-PST is nn innovative public-private partnership to accelerate the clean energy transition by transforming our power systems and aims to enable the integration of renewable energy sources into power systems at an unprecedented scope and scale, contributing to a 50 per cent reduction in emissions of all pollutants over the next ten years. Read the Imperial news article.

Integrated Development of Low-Carbon Energy Systems (IDLES) programme

The IDLES programme, hosted by Energy Futures Lab, brings together researchers from across Imperial College to provide the evidence needed to facilitate a cost-effective and secure transition to a low-carbon future. This 5-year, EPSRC-funded programme centres on whole-energy systems analysis; aiming to create a modelling tool that can better coordinate the complex interactions within the energy domain and indicate optimal forms of future, integrated, energy systems to policy makers. Using this approach to plan the UK’s future energy system has the potential to enable large cost savings in providing decarbonised energy, to ensure security of supply and compliance with emissions targets.

The UK's future energy mix

You can read about what Imperial experts think the UK's future energy mix will look like if we're to reach net zero in our long read on Imperial Stories - The UK's future energy mix.

How built environments can transition towards zero pollution

Imperial's Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation (CSEI) has a focus on net zero pollution infrastructure as part of it's 10 year strategy to 2030. In March 2021 the Centre launched its report The Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation – 2030 Vision and 10-year Celebration Report.  The report sets out the CSEI’s vision for the next ten years and the critical role of civil engineers in protecting and managing the natural environment. Central to this vision is a commitment to creating a sustainable built environment that works with the natural environment to achieve net a zero pollution infrastructure vision, and also focuses on the crucial role of civil engineers in reaching this goal. Read more about the report.

Life cycle approaches

The Imperial Network of Excellence in Sustainability through Life Cycle Approaches, led by Dr Jem Woods from the Centre for Environmental Policy, brings together and connects life cycle-related research and researchers across Imperial to foster collaborations and facilitate networking, share knowledge and contribute to advancements within the life cycle field.