Imperial College London

Dr Neil Jennings

Faculty of Natural SciencesThe Grantham Institute for Climate Change

Partnership Development Manager



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Mitchell-Larson E, Green T, Lewis-Brown E, Jennings N, Joly C, Goodwin F, Reay D, Rothman R, Scott C, Allen M, Forster Pet al., 2021, How can carbon offsetting help UK further and higher education institutions achieve net zero emissions?, COP26 Universities Network Briefin, Publisher: COP26 Universities Network

There are a range of views on the use of carbonoffsetting among academics, higher and furthereducation professional staff, corporates andoffsetting providers. When and where offsets shouldbe used or not used, and what types of offsets to use,are to some extent value-laden choices. These choicesare being actively debated at the international andcommunity level. This briefing note provides guidance to support the development of further and highereducation offsetting policies and to challengeinstitutions, including our own. It specifically discussesthe use of offsetting in the context of net zerostrategies. We are also using the briefing to consultour institutions on the approaches they are taking.We hope it prompts discussion and collective actiontowards making net zero a reality.


Levey S, Gilbert A, Amer H, Petersen K, Jennings N, Butler Cet al., 2020, Grantham Institute Outlook 2020-2021, Grantham Institute Outlook 2020-2021,, Publisher: Grantham Institute, Imperial College London

The Grantham Institute Outlook magazine provides an overview of the climate and environmental research underway at Imperial College London, encompassing both recent achievements and future plans.


Jennings N, Rao M, 2020, Towards a carbon neutral NHS, BMJ-BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, Vol: 371, ISSN: 1756-1833

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Jennings N, Fecht D, De Matteis S, 2020, Mapping the co-benefits of climate change action to issues of public concern in the UK: a narrative review, The Lancet Planetary Health, Vol: 4, Pages: e424-e433, ISSN: 2542-5196

To avoid a 1·5°C rise in global temperatures above preindustrial levels, the next phase of reductions in greenhouse gas emissions will need to be comparatively rapid. Linking the co-benefits of climate action to wider issues that the public are concerned about can help decision makers to prioritise decarbonisation options that increase the chance of public support for such changes, while ensuring that a just transition is delivered. We identified key issues of concern to the UK public by use of Ipsos MORI public opinion data from 2007 to 2020 and used these data to guide a narrative review of academic and grey literature on the co-benefits of climate change action for the UK. Correspondence with civil servants, third sector organisations, and relevant academics allowed us to identify omissions and to ensure policy relevance of the recommendations. This evidence-based Review of the various co-benefits of climate change action for the UK identifies four main areas: health and the National Health Service; security; economy and unemployment; and poverty, housing, and inequality. Associated trade-offs are also discussed. City-level and regional-level governments are particularly well placed to incorporate co-benefits into their decision making because it is at this scale that co-benefits most clearly manifest, and where interventions can have the most immediate effects.

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Jennings N, Fecht D, De Matteis S, 2019, Co-benefits of climate change mitigation in the UK: What issues are the UK public concerned about and how can action on climate change help to address them?


Bull R, Romanowicz J, Jennings N, Laskari M, Stuart G, Everitt Det al., 2018, Competing priorities: lessons in engaging students to achieve energy savings in universities, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol: 19, ISSN: 1467-6370

PurposeThis paper aims to present findings from an EU-funded international student-led energy saving competition (SAVES) on a scale previously unseen. There are multiple accounts of short-term projects and energy saving competitions encouraging pro-environmental behaviour change amongst students in university dormitories, but the purpose of this research is to provide evidence of consistent and sustained energy savings from student-led energy savings competitions, underpinned by practical action.Design/methodology/approachA mixed-methods approach (pre- and post-intervention surveys, focus groups and analysis of energy meter data) was used to determine the level of energy savings and quantifiable behaviour change delivered by students across participating university dormitories.FindingsThis research has provided further insight into the potential for savings and behaviour change in university dormitories through relatively simple actions. Whilst other interventions have shown greater savings, this project provided consistent savings over two years of 7 per cent across a large number of university dormitories in five countries through simple behaviour changes.Research limitations/implicationsAn energy dashboard displaying near a real-time leaderboard was added to the engagement in the second year of the project. Whilst students were optimistic about the role that energy dashboards could play, the evidence is not here to quantify the impact of dashboards. Further research is required to understand the potential of dashboards to contribute to behavioural change savings and in constructing competitions between people and dormitories that are known to each other.Social implicationsSAVES provided engagement with students, enabling, empowering and motivating them to save energy – focusing specifically on the last stage of the “Awareness, Interest, Desire, Action” framework. Automated meter reading data was used in the majority of participating dormitories

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Jennings N, Hulme M, 2010, UK newspaper (mis)representations of the potential for a collapse of the Thermohaline Circulation, AREA, Vol: 42, Pages: 444-456, ISSN: 0004-0894

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