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The climate crisis: towards zero carbon

last modified Feb 26, 2020 05:52 PM


In a new film, Sir David Attenborough, Dr Jane Goodall DBE and leading Cambridge University researchers talk about the urgency of the climate crisis – and some of the solutions that will take us towards zero carbon.

If we are to avoid climate disaster we must sharply reduce our carbon dioxide emissions starting today – but how? Cambridge researchers describe their work on generating and storing renewable energy, reducing energy consumption, understanding the impact of climate policies, and probing how we can each reduce our environmental impact. We hear how the ambitious new programme Cambridge Zero is bringing together ideas and innovations to tackle the global challenge of climate catastrophe – and inspiring a generation of future leaders – and how the University is looking at its own operations to develop a zero carbon pathway for the future.

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Cambridge research on sustainability


“The Transition we have to make to hit zero carbon in 30 years time is going to change the whole economy. Every aspect is going to have to change,” Professor Sir Richard Friend (Director of Energy Transitions@Cambridge), “The primary source of greenhouse gas is the way we generate and use energy. The biggest opportunity is that we now have technology for energy generation and energy storage that are zero carbon.”

Cambridge research includes

Research in High-voltage electronics, Batteries and Solar Cells, Tidal turbines, Hydrogen base cycles