The Transition to Zero Pollution initiative works with The Forum, Imperial’s policy engagement programme, to engage with policymakers and other key stakeholders to make sure our research has impact.

Imperial experts contribute to think tank report on decarbonising transport

Imperial researchers, Professor Mary Ryan, Professor Robert Shorten, and Dr Audrey de Nazelle, have contributed their expertise to a flagship report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), urging for action to fairly decarbonise how we travel.

All aboard: A plan for fairly decarbonising how people travel was published in June 2021 by the IPPR, in collaboration with the Transition to Zero Pollution initiative. The report outlines a vision for a transport system that is fair to all, works to improve people’s health and wellbeing and provides a better environment for nature. Read more about the report.

Business Secretary and COP26 President visits Imperial as government announces new energy plans

Professor Nigel Brandon welcomes Business Secretary Alok Sharma MPIn December 2020, Professor Nigel Brandon welcomed Alok Sharma MP, COP26 President and then Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy to Imperial’s Carbon Capture Pilot Plant. During the tour of the plant, they discussed how Imperial can support the UK’s transition towards a net zero future. The visit came as the government released new plans to clean up our energy system and keep bills affordable as we transition to net zero in their Energy White Paper.  Read more about the visit. 

Workshops and roundtables

We host regular policy workshops and roundtables which bring together Imperial researchers with policymakers, industry and the third sector. 

Workshops and roundtables

Policy engagement workshops and roundtables 2021

The role of technology in achieving net zero (panel discussion) - March 2021

A panel of experts discussed the role of technology in achieving net zero, covering topics such as the government's 10 Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, investment in innovation and how to pay for the transition to net zero. Panellists included Dr Ajay Gambhir from Imperial's Grantham Institute, Georgia Berry, Director of Political Campaigns at OVO and former Special Adviser for Energy and Infrastructure in the No.10 Policy Unit and Juergen Maier, Chair of Digital Catapult and Vice Chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership. This was a joint event with the Institute for Government. Watch the event.

Energy from waste (roundtable) - March 2021

The Forum and the think tank Policy Connect co-hosted a closed roundtable on energy from waste. Professor Chris Cheeseman, Professor of Materials Resources Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, gave the opening presentation, offering his perspective on the issues and opportunities associated with energy from waste. He was joined by MPs, peers, civil servants and industry representatives to debate the issues. 

Resources and Waste Strategy (roundtable) - January 2021

Imperial experts joined MPs, industry leaders and other officials to debate the future of the government's Resources and Waste Strategy. The event, jointly hosted by Imperial's new Transition to Zero Pollution initiative and the cross-party think tank Policy Connect through the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group, analysed the progress of the Resources and Waste Strategy after its publication two years ago.

Chaired by Lord Teverson, Chair of the EU Environment Sub-Committee, opening remarks were delivered by Philip Dunne MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, and Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow Minister for Energy and the Green New Deal. Imperial academics Professor Nick Voulvoulis and Professor David C Wilson joined senior parliamentarians to share their insights on the strategy, two years on from its publication by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Read more.

Policy engagement workshops and roundtables 2020

Air quality and the Environment Bill (roundtable) - October 2020

Academics from Imperial and the London School of Economics (LSE) held a roundtable with members of the House of Lords to discuss their recommendations for how the Environment Bill can effectively improve air quality. Chaired by Lord Teverson, Chair of the Lords EU Environment Sub-Committee, Imperial academics Professor Frank Kelly, Dr Audrey de Nazelle and Dr Marc Stettler and LSE economist Dr Sefi Roth presented their research around air quality and outlined how the bill, and wider government policy, can best reduce air pollution. Read more.

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Zero pollution economy (roundtable) - September 2020

Imperial academics from the Business School, Dyson School of Design Engineering, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering discussed their research on building a zero-pollution economy with senior civil servants, parliamentarians, and think tank officials, before debating policies that are needed to bring about the transition.

Circular economy (workshop) - May 2020

This policy workshop brought together Imperial academics with partners from government and industry to explore the transition towards a circular economy. Dr Demirel and Dr Sheldrick, both from the Dyson School of Engineering, led the discussions and were joined by academics across the College whose research provides critical insights into how we might address challenges in the transition towards a circular economy. Read more. 

Evidence Week in Parliament, November 2020

Dr Kate Simpson, from the Dyson School of Design Engineering, took part in Sense about Science’s Evidence Week 2020. Dr Simpson spoke to MPs and their teams about the TZP initiative and the importance of importance of a systems approach to tackle pollution though the example of building retrofit. Watch her evidence week briefing video ‘Housing retrofit: a case study on net zero interventions’ below.

Dr Kate Simpson speaks on the topic of 'housing retrofit: a case study on net zero interventions' in a video recorded for Sense about Science's Evidence Week 2020.

Evidence Week 2020

Housing retrofit: a case study on net zero interventions

Dr Kate Simpson from the Dyson School of Design Engineering talks about the importance of systems approaches to tackle pollution, using building retrofit as an example, in a video briefing recorded for Sense about Science’s Evidence Week 2020. 

Get involved

Get in touch with Craig Whittall at The Forum for further information about how to get involved. We can support policymakers access Imperial's world-leading zero pollution research, and help Imperial researchers reach out to the policy community.