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Low carbon energy programme

The Royal Society is carrying out a major policy programme on low carbon energy which aims to consider how transformational science and technology (S&T) can help the UK transit to a low carbon future whilst pursuing an active industrial strategy that creates growth and jobs in the short and medium term. This programme follows the commitments made in Paris at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. 

Drawing on the expertise of Fellows of the Royal Society and the wider scientific community, the programme will consist of several short projects each focussed on a priority area of low carbon S&T. A final project will then combine cross-cutting themes to set out a research and innovation vision for the UK’s energy system.

This series of policy briefings on low carbon energy aims to provide a rapid and authoritative synthesis on the evidence. Each briefing will lay out the current state of knowledge and the questions that remain to be answered. This first project explores the potential and limitations of using carbon dioxide.

A workshop was organised by the Royal Society to identify opportunities for the UK’s world class research base to play a leading role in the field of electrochemical energy storage.