Years Active: 2009-2014

The Energy & Environment theme developed strategies for marine and land-based energy production and greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation technologies which limit environmental impacts while safeguarding or even restoring the ecosystem.

They also looked at ways to integrate the socio-economic valuations of ecosystem goods and services into technology evaluation. This allowed the theme to see the impact of energy production and GHG mitigation technologies on the UK's carbon footprint.

The Energy & Environment theme combined predictive modelling with methods for valuing ecosystem goods and services, and extending existing carbon footprinting methods. The tools developed will ensure that environmental indicators can be considered alongside economic indicators in policy development.

The theme had three main activities:

  • Development of analytical tools applicable to all energy technologies in a common framework to assess their contribution to GHG emissions reductions
  • Development and application of modelling and valuation methods for assessing environmental and socio-economic impact of offshore energy production technologies
  • Development and testing of methods for assessing environmental and socio-economic impacts of developing bioenergy resources

The Energy and Environment Team

The Theme will be led by Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) which plays a leading role in delivering NERC core marine and emerging offshore renewables research.  The Stockholm Environment Institute at York University, which has a strong track record in developing and applying input-output techniques to measure embedded carbon, will deliver Project 1.

PML together with Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory (POL), which plays an important role in the physical oceanographic modelling development, will deliver Project 2.  Finally, the School of Environmental Science at University of East Anglia, which is one of the strongest in the country will focus on bioenergy, catchment management and participatory technology assessment to deliver Project 3.