Sustainable Gas Institute

Launched in May 2014 the Sustainable Gas Institute is a unique academic-industry partnership, and a ground-breaking collaboration between the United Kingdom and Brazil. Their role is to lead research and define innovative technologies that enable natural gas to play a key role in a low carbon world.

The institute is the result of £8.2M of funding secured by Energy Futures Lab from BG Group (now part of Royal Dutch Shell) to setup a world class research centre in collaboration with Imperial College London. The Sustainable Gas Institute is independent from Energy Futures Lab but is headed by former Energy Futures Lab Director Professor Nigel Brandon.

The institute is a multidisciplinary organisation operating on a ‘hub and spoke’ model, with their international research hub at Imperial College London and spokes in development at leading research universities around the world with a particular focus on Brazil. They manage, lead and deliver world class research with global partners across the spectrum of science, engineering, economics and business.


The aims of the Institute are to:

  •  Examine the environmental, economic and technological role of natural gas in the global energy landscape.
  • Define the technologies and develop energy systems models that could explore the role of gas and other energy sources.
  • Help to advance technology roadmaps to support future R&D investment decisions.
  • Address the global challenge of how to mitigate climate change.

Research strands

There are two main research strands at Imperial College, Energy Systems Modelling and White Papers.

Energy Systems Modelling

The modelling team, led by Dr Adam Hawkes and Dr Sara Giarola are developing a new energy system model. MUSE will allow those working in the energy industry to see which innovative technologies could reduce energy costs, improve efficiency, or reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It will also help policy makers and international government make future plans for climate change mitigation. MUSE will be available in late 2017.

White Papers

The institute regularly produces evidence-based globally impactful policy papers, which bring clarity to contentious topics in the energy sector.

Their Institute has published three white papers:-