Our research is closely aligned with the stated goals of COP26 to secure net zero by the middle of the century and to adapt and protect those communities and natural habitats that are already suffering the catastrophic consequences of climate change.
The COP26 work to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to climate change reflects seminal research developed at the University of Exeter, and our researchers are now working to identify ‘Positive Tipping Points’ that could provide us with an opportunity to change course before it’s too late.
Professor Tim Lenton - Director, Global Systems Institute
At the University of Exeter, we are conducting pivotal research that is accelerating the adoption of actions needed to achieve the goal of net zero by 2050. We are informing and supporting changes to national government policy to rapidly decarbonise their energy systems and transition to renewable sources. Our experts are at the forefront of finding ways to enhance the efficiency and scalability of clean energy supplies and leading the way in the transition to electric vehicles, whilst also spearheading initiatives to reverse deforestation.
For some communities and ecosystems, the effect of climate change is already making an impact. The goals of COP26 identify the need to work together to protect and restore ecosystems and bolster defences and infrastructure so that communities can be more resilient to these impacts.
Our researchers are working with local communities, empowering them to find ways to preserve and protect some of the most threatened habitats, such as coral reefs and rainforests. We are providing research-led solutions to mitigate the effects of wildfires, and working with partners such as the UK Met Office and World Health Organisation to provide the data and warning systems to protect communities from flooding, fires and pollution.
The University of Exeter supports the ambition of COP26 and are working to help turn those ambitions into reality. We must act before it is too late.