Future Energy System Pathways (UKERC)

The latest, third phase of funding from UKERC is analysing the implications of possible UK energy futures. It is examining these transitions in the context of uncertain global trends, and is exploring synergies and trade-offs between the key drivers for this transition.

Most notably, the research is analysing pathways that meet current UK policy targets for reducing emissions, and is comparing them to others in which other energy system drivers overwhelm low carbon policies, or the future direction of policy changes dramatically.

This programme is designed to integrate insights from across the UKERC research programme, and to promote interdisciplinary working. Rather than developing a single comprehensive set of UKERC energy scenarios, the main aim of the programme is to explore specific questions or issues through a set of related scenario projects. Early priorities for the programme include analysing the implications of different UK energy futures for energy security; and exploring the impact of these futures on natural capital and ecosystem services. 

The previous phase was the Energy & Environment theme, which was led by PML and studied the impact that energy production and greenhouse gas mitigation technologies have upon the environment, as well as the UK's carbon footprint.

This project has been completed

Key information

Funder: UKERC - UK Energy Research Centre

Project start date: January 2009

Project end date: April 2020

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Dr Eleni Papathanasopoulou, Dr Lee de Mora, Dr Nicola Beaumont , Dr Pierre Cazenave, Dr Tara Hooper, Jerry Blackford