Imperial College London at COP26
The United Nations Climate Summit, COP26, hosted in Glasgow in November 2021, is the first opportunity since the signing of the Paris Agreement for countries to set out more ambitious plans for tackling climate change. With the UK government as host, our academic community is mobilising its collective expertise to help drive ambition. Hear what our Imperial experts are doing to provide academic evidence and support:
Imperial voices on climate and environment
Dr Gbemi Oluleye, Imperial College Research Fellow
Dr Gbemi Oluleye discusses cutting emissions from industrial sectors.
Dr Gbemi Oluleye, Imperial College Research Fellow, discusses her research on cutting greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sectors.
Dr Joeri Rogelj, Director of Research at Grantham Institute
Dr Joeri Rogelj discusses how his research helps to inform international climate targets.
Dr Joeri Rogelj, Director of Research at the Grantham Institute, discusses how his research helps to inform international climate targets to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
Dr Bonnie Waring, Senior Lecturer at the Grantham Institute
Dr Bonnie Waring discusses the carbon cycle and how far forests can help tackle climate change.
Dr Bonnie Waring, Senior Lecturer at the Grantham Institute, discusses her research on the carbon cycle and how far nature-based solutions like tree planting can be effective in helping to tackle climate change.
Dr Billy Wu, Senior Lecturer at Imperial
Dr Billy Wu discusses his research on electric cars and batteries.
Dr Billy Wu, Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London, discusses his research on electric cars and batteries, and how developments in this field can help to cut carbon emissions from transport.
Dr Madeleine Morris, Research Associate at the Grantham Inst
Dr Madeleine Morris discusses her research on the policy and regulation of the energy system.
Dr Madeleine Morris, Research Associate at the Grantham Institute, discusses her research on whether the policies, regulations and market structures of today's energy system are fit for purpose for a future energy system that fits into a net-zero world.
Naveed Chaudhry, Accelerator Lead at the Grantham Institute
Naveed Chaudhry on the role of entrepreneurs and startups in tackling climate change.
Naveed Chaudhry, Accelerator Lead at the Grantham Institute, discusses the role of entrepreneurs and startups in tackling climate change, and how innovation can help create a cleaner, greener future.
Dr Mirabelle Muûls, Assistant Professor of Economics
Dr Mirabelle Muûls discusses her research on the economics of climate change.
Dr Mirabelle Muûls, Assistant Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School, discusses her research on the economics of climate change and the impact of climate change on businesses.
Dr Ana Mijic, Senior Lecturer in Water Systems Analysis
Dr Ana Mijic discusses the water cycle, sustainable development and nature-based solutions.
Dr Ana Mijic, Senior Lecturer in Water Systems Analysis and Co-Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation, discusses her research on the water cycle, sustainable development and nature-based solutions.
Dr Oytun Babacan, Imperial College Research Fellow
Dr Oytun Babacan on low-carbon technologies and how to integrate them into existing infrastrure.
Dr Oytun Babacan, Imperial College Research Fellow at the Grantham Institute, discusses his research on low-carbon energy technologies and how to integrate emerging technologies into existing infrastructure.
COP26 Universities Network
The Grantham Institute coordinates a group of more than 70 UK universities working together to support ambitious outcomes for climate action at COP26 and beyond. The Network's mission is to ensure that the UK academic sector plays our role in delivering a successful COP26, getting all players on track to deliver a low-carbon, resilient world. We aim to do so by easing access to evidence and academic expertise for COP26 for government, NGOs, and other actors, and by taking action ourselves.
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Achieving a zero-carbon future
The Grantham Institute has a dedicated, in-house, group of researchers carrying out interdisciplinary research on topics related to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This team of physicists, economists, social and natural scientists, modellers and engineers are able to prioritise research with direct relevance to policymakers and decisionmakers, maximising the impact our research has.
BECCS deployment: a reality check
This briefing explores the role that bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCs) technologies can really play in meeting global climate targets.
Using futures analysis to develop mitigation strategies
This briefing explores how different futures analysis methods can be used to better understand our rapidly changing world.
Tools to encourage low-carbon travel
This paper explores how policymakers and the private sector can support innovative low-carbon incentives to help drive down emissions in transport.
Aviation biofuels: important, achievable, tough to deliver
This briefing paper considers the potential for biojet fuels to reduce the direct carbon emissions from aviation over the long term.
Greenhouse gas removal technologies: commercial opportunity
This discussion paper looks at greenhouse gas removal from a commercial perspective and what needs to happen to develop the sector.
Co-benefits of climate change mitigation in the UK
This briefing shows how action on climate change can have multiple benefits across society.
Drivers in solar deployment in India: A state-level analysis
This report considers the drivers of inter-state solar power deployment in India, and what policies are appropriate to help India reach its targets.
Is it better for the climate to drive an electric vehicle?
This infographic shows how much of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide is produced by driving an electric car one kilometre in different countries.
How capital affects investment in climate change mitigation
This paper looks at the cost of capital and how it affects investment in climate change mitigation and new low-carbon infrastructure.
Improving the framework for carbon capture and storage
This report looks at improving the economic and policy framework for carbon capture and storage in the European Union.
Negative emissions technologies
This paper outlines the practicalities of certain classes of negative emissions technologies and their relevance to climate change mitigation.
Solar-thermal and hybrid photovoltaic-thermal systems
This paper outlines the potential for the mass deployment of solar-thermal technologies.
Adapting to the impacts of climate change and boosting climate resilience
The Grantham Institute has a large network of affiliated researchers who work on issues related to the impacts of climate change and options for adaptation. These briefings explore the impacts of climate change on cities, water and our natural environment and provide suggestions on how cities can adapt and boost climate resilience.
Climate change and challenges for conservation
This briefing paper asks, to what extent does climate change require a re-think of conservation policy, planning and practice?
Climate change and the human-made water cycle
This briefing considers the impact of climate change on water resources, and how the UK water sector can implement a sustainable water cycle.
Experiences in managing water from Cape Town
This briefing gives an overview of the conditions that led to drought in Cape Town, its impacts, and the interventions implemented to respond to it.
Integrating green and blue spaces into our cities
This briefing paper considers the multiple benefits of blue-green infrastructure and how it can improve the overall quality of life in cities.
Multiple stressors in freshwater ecosystems
This briefing paper considers how multiple threats to freshwater ecosystems interact with each other, and how to monitor, model & manage those threats
How social issues interact with climate change
The links between climate change impacts, actions to stop climate change and social and economic priorities are complex. Our researchers, together with partners elsewhere, share their ideas for how we can design good climate change policies that take these social and economic issues into account.
Climate change, low-carbon transitions and security
This briefing discusses the role of climate change, and responses to it, as a security threat multiplier that can exacerbate the risk of conflict.
Towards a just and equitable low-carbon energy transition
This briefing reviews evidence on the risk of adverse impacts of a rapid transition to a low-carbon economy, and discusses how risks can be minimised.