The environment is central to energy provisioning – it is the reason why we are transitioning to low carbon supplies, it ultimately controls all sources of energy and energy conversion and it's use impacts the environment.
Researchers - primarily based within Lancaster Environment Centre - within this theme cover a range of disciplines: atmospheric science; biological sciences; earth science; ecology; environmental science; economics; geography; geoinformatics and hydrology.
They apply their expertise to a range of energy types: bioenergy; geothermal; hydro; hydrocarbons; nuclear; solar; tidal; waste; wave; wind and the risks to energy infrastructure.
In addition, a group applies environmental economics and biological theories to understand the underlying drivers of energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions. Activities range from basic research to innovation to consultancy and are resourced by research councils, industry and policy bodies.