Environment

Our programmes range from developing better plastics to understanding the illegal wildlife trade, and from accelerating the adoption of renewable energy to better management of the high seas. Conserving the natural systems on which all human life depends requires action on many fronts, and we provide new understanding, insights and ideas to ensure that solutions to pressing environmental challenges can be found.

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Planning and adaptive thinking needed to navigate renewable energy network investment

One of the challenges facing Ofgem as regulator, in planning for integration of renewable energy sources into our energy supply, is determining how much network investment to allow, given the uncertainty around the pace and direction of energy transition.

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Climate change imperils countries’ ability to repay COVID debts

Most governments’ borrowing during the pandemic pays scant attention to the effects that climate change could have on their ability to repay the debt, researchers at Oxford University find.

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Professor Charlotte Williams receives Clean Future Award

Lead Researcher on the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Plastics, Professor Charlotte Williams, has had her work in partnership with colleagues at the University of Liverpool recognised by Unilever’s Clean Future ‘Brilliance’ Award.

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Reinventing recycling: taking plastics from rubbish to resource

Nowadays, waste separation and recycling has become a routine act of our daily lives. Recycling bins are a common sight in many households, and in some places a government mandate. But when most people think about recycling plastics, they know little about the fate of their plastic waste.

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Synthesis Report published by Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy

Key findings from the Oxford Martin School’s five-year Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy have been brought together in a Synthesis Report.

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Banning wild meat could increase biodiversity loss, reveals study

A blanket ban on the trade of wild meat could create risks for nature and for human health, finds a first of its kind study from an international group of researchers.

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‘Building Back Better’ addressed at public online events

From Thursday 21st January, the Oxford Martin School will restart its series of events discussing how the world can ‘Build Back Better’ from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Featured Article

Carbon Brief Guest Post: Ten ways to use CO2 and how they compare

Dr Ella Adlen, research and programmes manager at the Oxford Martin School and Professor Cameron Hepburn, director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment look at what CO2 utilisation is, how it might relate to CO2 removals and emission reductions, and whether such technologies are profitable or scalable.

They compare the potential scale and cost of ten different CO2 utilisation pathways. Concluding that overall, CO2 utilisation has the potential to operate at large scale and at low cost, meaning it could be big business in the future.

The article is based on the Nature paper led by Dr Adlen and Professor Hepburn entitled 'The technological and economic prospects for CO2 utilization and removal'.

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SHAPING THE ENERGY SYSTEMS OF THE FUTURE

Long Read - June 2019

Find out how economists, social scientists, materials scientists and engineers at the Oxford Martin School are working together to create new systems approaches that can deliver cleaner and cheaper energy.

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