About the Energy Programme
- Cross-Council Research
- RCUK Energy Programme
- About the Energy Programme
The Energy Programme's mission is to position the UK to meet its energy and environmental targets and policy goals through high quality research and postgraduate training.
- to support a full spectrum of energy research to help the UK meet the objectives and targets set out in the 2007 Energy White Paper
- to work in partnership to contribute to the research and postgraduate training needs of energy-related businesses and other key stakeholders
- to increase the international visibility and level of international collaboration within the UK energy research portfolio
- to expand UK research capacity in energy-related areas.
Working in partnership
The Research Councils UK Energy Programme works closely with both public and private sector organisations. Major partnerships include:
- We are the largest public funder of the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) – a public-private partnership of up to £1 billion to accelerate the deployment of new energy technologies
- Working with the Living with Environmental Change Programme (LWEC) to ensure a whole systems response to climate change.
- taking a whole systems approach to energy options, supply and usage
- ensuring a rapid exploitation through collaboration with ETI
- growing our portfolio in demand reduction and transport
- focusing our postgraduate training through energy themes
- continuing to support research in sustainable power generation and supply and alternative sources.
Priorities for the future
Securing energy supply
- Fund world-class, speculative research to define future energy supply options, including nuclear fusion, hydrogen and renewables.
Low carbon innovation
- Enhance understanding of the social, environmental and economic implications of future energy options such as the sustainability of Carbon Capture and Storage.
Reduce energy consumption
- Help to reduce energy consumption and demand through the development of behavioural, governance, market and technological advances informed by a whole system understanding.
Generate new skills
- Build capacity of skilled people to deliver new energy futures through training and development of new researchers, policy makers and business leaders.
Build international partnerships
- Continue to build and sustain international links with key countries.