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The transition to net-zero cannot be sustainable if it creates or exacerbates social inequalities, warns a group of academic experts from the COP26 Universities Network. The group is made up of more than 45 UK universities, including the University of Leeds. In a new policy briefing, the authors emphasise that the impacts of climate change…
Scientists at the University of Leeds have pledged to develop a new generation of ultra-efficient electronics to help the UK achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The growth in digital technologies, smart phones, smart grids, electric vehicles and renewable energy will result in a dramatic increase in electronic devices. It has been estimated that there will be almost 30 billion networked devices in…
Global energy consumption in 2050 could be reduced to the levels of the 1960s and still provide a decent standard of living for a population three times larger, according to a new study. The study, led by the University of Leeds, has estimated the energy resource needed for everyone to be provided decent living standards…
The Local Government Association has launched new advice developed by experts at the University of Leeds on practical actions local authorities can take to decarbonise transport. While most sectors have reduced their carbon emissions in recent years, emissions from transport have remained stubbornly high, and radical changes are now needed if the UK is to…
Tapping into the myriad uses of plants and fungi could save people and the planet, says new report. University of Leeds researchers have joined forces with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to conduct research into the plants and fungi that could be used as a source of energy as well as assessing the species with…