London to be placed at heart of zero-carbon revolution with new centre

Imperial College London has announced plans to establish a world-leading centre for climate change innovation at its White City campus.

On 10 January, it outlined how the new centre, the Centre for Climate Change Innovation (CCCI), would drive the development of new technologies, businesses and jobs across London that will support a zero-carbon and climate resilient future. The CCCI will be backed by a grant of up to £8.7mn from the Mayor of London – subject to contract – with Imperial targeting a further £25mn to support the new centre. With the CCCI serving as an “innovation hot-spot”, it will aim to accelerate the development and growth of London as a world-leading climate change innovation cluster.

The CCCI is to support innovation across a number of key themes. This includes cleaning up the air, with the CCCI looking at atmospheric greenhouse gas removal and improving air quality in cities, along with buildings to address the climate crisis. The latter will see the centre look into low-carbon building materials, smart building systems, climate resilient buildings, low-carbon heating and cooling systems. Other areas of interest are “food that doesn’t cost the earth”, delving into precision agriculture technology, cutting food wastage and smart systems for climate adapted agriculture; “transport without the bad emissions”, exploring transport without harmful combustion and supporting renewables through energy storage; and “manufacturing for a low-carbon future”, which will involve circular systems, resource, process and remanufacturing efficiency.

Professor Nick Jennings, Vice Provost, Research and Enterprise, at Imperial, said: “Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. We urgently need new technologies to help us tackle this threat. Imperial is ideally positioned to be the catalysing force for a connected, global movement in climate change innovation. We have the enthusiasm from across the sector, and from local and national government and this unique facility will put London at the heart of the zero-carbon revolution that our world needs.”

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