Net Zero

Tackling the Climate Crisis

As a University, we recognise our responsibility to make meaningful contributions towards reducing carbon emissions, preserving the environment, and creating a sustainable future for generations to come. Our research is now focused firmly on environmental sustainability, and our aim is to be recognised for our local and global impact and leadership in the transition to net zero.

We are committed to producing impactful research that informs policy, shapes industry practice, and helps to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future. Our research portfolio spans a wide range of disciplines, including renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, law and social policy, and the circular economy, and we are also developing a clear offer to support local, national, and international organisations and businesses to meet their net zero and biodiversity goals.

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Research Spotlight

Cleaner and Greener

A research project that aims to reverse the environmental impact of coal via an engineered natural solution that extracts carbon from the atmosphere and returns it back to the geological reserve has been winning plaudits for its innovative approach to sustainability.

Working with Industry

We recognise how important it is to work with business expertise to deliver solutions that reduce carbon emissions, promote sustainable practices, and drive innovation in our region and beyond. For example, our National Centre for Food Manufacturing is collaborating with Princes Group Ltd on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership, bringing in expertise to develop a more fundamental scientific understanding of the food canning process, while in our School of Architecture and the Built Environment, a Carbon LEAF team of specialist architects, building physicists, BREEAM assessors, and experts offer a range of support to businesses undertaking low carbon construction projects.

Working in collaboration with global retailer Tesco, our researchers have built an imitation supermarket in a bid to tackle the impact of mass refrigeration on the UK’s carbon footprint. The Refrigeration Research Centre is the first facility of its kind in the world, harnessing cutting-edge technology and precisely modeling the essential dynamics of a typical supermarket.

We’re also the proud educational partner to Yorkshire Energy Park, a next generation energy and technology business park that will drive economic growth, support the local community, and help position the Humber at the forefront of the global transition to net zero.

Protecting Our Planet

A new study, led by the University of Lincoln and involving a group of international scientists and experts, has revealed that global climate change-related rises in sea levels could be better predicted by gaining a clearer understanding of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets.

Discover More About the Study
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Our Postgraduate Researchers

Meet PhD student Daniel Akrofi, who is currently pursuing doctoral research in international law and global governance at Lincoln, exploring a number of sustainability issues across the full lifecycle of plastics to analyse the law around global plastic pollution.

Meet Daniel Akrofi
Daniel Akrofi

Recent Developments

Discover more about the impactful research and innovative studies that are taking place at the University of Lincoln.