Monday, 23 March 2009

£18 million towards UK energy research

The UK Energy Research Council (UKERC) has secured £18.5million towards the search for future energy solutions and reductions in carbon emissions.

The UKERC is a key part of the UK Research Councils' Energy Programme which brings together engineers and physical, natural, social and economic scientists, not just to create the technologies but to examine their social and economic consequences. This April it will present the results of UKERC Energy 2050 - a key project showing how the UK can meet its goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 while dealing with anxieties about energy security.

Lord Drayson, Minister for Science and Innovation, said:

"This funding will help our drive to build a thriving, low carbon economy – one that allows us to compete in a changing world and deliver our climate change commitments."

"Climate change is the biggest challenge of our generation. We can rely on science to find solutions to the complex environmental challenges that lie ahead, but one of the real strengths of the UK Energy Research Centre is that it will bring together scientists from a variety of disciplines, to find these solutions faster".

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