About us

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) carries out world-class research into sustainable future energy systems. UKERC acts a focal point for UK energy research and a gateway between the UK and the international energy research communities. Our interdisciplinary, whole systems research informs UK policy development and strategies of public, private and third sector organisations.

UKERC is funded by UK Research and Innovation Energy Programme. UKERC reports to a Funders Group convened by UKRI, and is advised by an independent Advisory Board. Find out more about UKERC Governance.


UKERC carries out world-class research into sustainable future energy systems. Our current research focusses on the increasingly contested and uncertain nature of energy system change; this includes a core research programme and a flexible Research Fund. UKERC's core research programme focuses on six research themes:


Energy Data Centre

The Energy Data Centre (EDC), based at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, is an outward-facing service for the UK energy research community, directing interested parties to publicly available energy and related data. The EDC aims to be a definitive information resource for current and past UK energy research and development activity.

International Representation

UKERC participates and leads energy research activities internationally as part of its mission to act as a bridge between the UK energy research community and the wider world. UKERC is a founding member of the Low Carbon Societies Research Network (LCS-RNet) and the official representative for the UK in the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Joint Programmes.

For a more detailed overview of UKERC and an introduction to our international activities, download the UKERC Presentation.