Energy and Environmental Sustainability
"Our present energy course is not sustainable. World population is forecast to reach 9 billion by 2050, with the most rapid growth in the poorest countries. Escalating pressures on land will accelerate deforestation. Major increases in demand for energy are inevitable as economies around the world accelerate and peoples justifiably seek to improve their living standards. Responding to this demand while minimising further climate change will need all the determination and ingenuity we can muster"
Joint Science Academies' statement on growth and responsibility: sustainability, energy efficiency and climate protection, 16 May 2007
The growing demand for energy is one of the most pressing issues facing the modern world. The current reliance on unsustainable resources has far-reaching environmental, political and economic consequences: if humans are to live sustainably, the Earth's energy and environmental resources can only be used in quotas at which they are renewable.
The nature of these global challenges indicates the timeliness and importance of developing new research strategies across a diverse range of disciplines. The Brunel Collaborative Research Network in Energy and Environmental Sustainability was created with this in mind, and will establish new interdisciplinary collaborations and programmes, while building on areas of world-class research across the University.
With internationally renowned researchers (two are among the top 10 most highly cited environmental scientists in the world of the last 10 years) and a long track-record of successful collaborations with both academic and industrial partners, the Network will develop new areas of research activity and build capacity to support the international research effort in this significant field.
The research and development activities of the Network are already well aligned with current UK and EU research initiatives in energy and environmental sustainability.
A timely case in point is the recent development of the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), a UK government and industry commitment of ¿¿1.1 billion research funding over the next decade.
The core research expertise of the Network encompasses:
- sustainable energy and environmental systems;
- environmental integration of renewable sources of energy for electrical power production;
- improved efficiency and security in the planning and operation of large-scale complex energy systems;
- environmental, regulatory and societal issues with regard to the strategic design and operation of future energy and environmental systems.
Dr Mark Scrimshaw
Tel: +44 (0)1895 267299