Wind turbines on a cracked earth desert.

EnergyEnvironmental impact

It is almost inconceivable to study energy provision without some consideration of its environmental impacts.

Fundamentally, our research on renewable and lower carbon technologies is based on the premise of harmful climate change resulting from anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions from excessive fossil fuel use.

Our diverse research on the environmental impacts of energy systems is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, touching a range of academic disciplines and including staff from each Faculty in the University to answer what are often truly global challenges.

Our work includes the following areas:

  • Processing of carbon-neutral biomass or biobased feedstocks
  • The impact of biofuels on global food production
  • Unconventional fossil fuel reserves and their wider environmental impact
  • Long term nuclear storage
  • Heat and fuel poverty