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If the world is to square up to the challenges of mitigating climate change and providing energy security and equity, urgent action must be taken to reduce carbon emissions and energy demand.

The UK has committed to reducing carbon emissions by 34% below 1990 levels by 2020 and by 80% by 2050.  At the UCL Energy Institute we hope to play an important role in helping government and industry achieve these reductions through a holistic approach to the challenge.

Our researchers focus on energy use, how the demand for energy can be reduced across all three sectors and the impact that this has on the whole energy system including energy supply and demand.

This is a pressing global problem which calls for an innovative, interdisciplinary response.

The UCL Energy Institute brings together different perspectives, understandings and procedures in energy research, transcending the boundaries between academic disciplines.  It enables UCL to draw on all its disciplines to address the energy challenge. It has relevance to and impacts on each of the UCL Grand Challenges: Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing.

The Institute has a core research, teaching and enterprise activity and also acts as an umbrella for energy research across the college.  It has its own multidisciplinary team of researchers and students and also coordinates teams from across the University, providing critical mass and capacity for ambitious projects.

Core researchers at the UCL Energy Institute carry out world-leading research in the fields of buildings, energy systems, people and energy, policy and law, smart energy and transport.  These research themes are not mutually exclusive, and many researchers work across two or more themes, ensuring a truly interdisciplinary approach to energy research.

Affiliate researchers across UCL come from more than 20 departments including architecture, planning, laws, psychology, statistics as well as more traditional energy subject areas such as mechanical and chemical engineering and the physical sciences.

The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources

The UCL Energy Institute is part of The Bartlett School of Environment Energy and Resources, along with the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering and the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage.

The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER), created in September 2014, is home to the Faculty’s Institutes that specialise in Energy, Environment, Resources and Heritage, and the staff and students that work within and across its Institutes. The role of the School is to facilitate the Institutes and help them establish themselves and grow, enabling them to focus on and develop their academic direction and strategies.  Read more about BSEER