Researchers at Imperial are already tackling pollution in many different forms. From reducing plastic pollution to eliminating greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality, from understanding human behaviour to sustainable business, there is a wealth of research happening across College. We want to combine these strengths into a coherent vision built around this urgent global societal need.

Hear from our researchers

The Grantham Institute has put together a series of videos so you can hear what our Imperial experts are doing to provide academic evidence and support in the run up to United Nations Climate Summit, COP26, hosted in Glasgow in November 2021You can find out more about the work going on at Imperial towards COP26, including the COP26 Universities Network coordinated by the Grantham Institute, on the Imperial College London at COP26 webpage.

Hear from our researchers

Dr Gbemi Oluleye, Imperial College Research Fellow

Dr Gbemi Oluleye, Imperial College Research Fellow, discusses her research on cutting greenhouse gas emissions from industrial sectors.

Dr Gbemi Oluleye, Imperial College Research Fellow

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 Billy Wu, Senior Lecturer at Imperial

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 Ana Mijic, Senior Lecturer in Water Systems Analysis

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 Joeri Rogelj, Director of Research at Grantham Institute

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 Madeleine Morris, Research Associate at the Grantham Inst

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, Accelerator Lead at the Grantham Institute

Naveed Chaudhry discusses 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, 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 Bonnie Waring, Senior Lecturer at the Grantham Institute

Dr Bonnie Waring, Senior Lecturer at the Grantham Institute

Dr Bonnie Waring discussed the carbon cycle and how 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 Oytun Babacan, Imperial College Research Fellow

Dr Oytun Babacan, Imperial College Research Fellow

Dr Oytun Babacan on low-carbon technologies and how to integrate them into existing infrastructure

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.

Framework for research

The Transition to Zero Pollution initiative will facilitate development of the cross-disciplinary research, innovative technology solutions and policy interventions needed to realise our vision. We will build a transformational cross-disciplinary framework for zero pollution research built on four pillars of excellence, all linked by a focus on systems approaches:

A venn diagramm showing the four research pillars (zero pollution technologies, zero pollution economy, sustainable water-food energy, and environmental health) with a systems approach to zero pollution in the centre of the diagram

  • Zero pollution technologiesUsing engineering and physical sciences research to develop new zero pollution technologies
  • Environmental healthBetter our understanding of air and water pollution, their impact on human health, and how to mitigate them
  • Zero pollution economyDeveloping innovative economic and business, policy and community engagement models for a sustainable society
  • Sustainable water-food-energyEnsuring that we use water and produce food and energy in a sustainable way
  • Systems approach to zero pollutionBy taking a holistic view of the issues of global pollution we will find solutions to address this major societal challenge

You can read about the work going on for some of these grand challenges by following the links below. We will be working with colleagues across Imperial to shape the direction of these research themes.