iNetZ+ net zero and beyond
Through our global research institute, we’re pioneering groundbreaking solutions that will redefine environmental stewardship and propel us toward a carbon-neutral future; achieving net-zero carbon emissions and innovating for the future beyond.
Delivering the next generation of net-zero innovation
Our leading expertise in decarbonisation, energy and the circular economy is already accelerating the race to net zero. Now we embark on a transformative journey as we direct our world-leading research though the prism of iNetZ+ our global research institute, focused on achieving net zero and beyond.
We're focused on pivotal areas of research and industry collaboration, including:
- Energy in buildings
- Hydrogen economy
- Materials and circularisation
- Nature-based solutions
- Business and finance
- Manufacturing and industry
Our commitment extends beyond research to policy advocacy, influencing sustainable transition at local, national and international levels. Through applied research and collaboration with business and industry, we intend to make a profound impact on the global shift towards a carbon-neutral future.
Empowering academia and industry through collaboration
At the core of our mission is the integration of research-informed teaching, shaping the next generation of leaders and engineers in the realisation of a net-zero economy.
By fostering a dynamic environment that bridges academia and real-world application, we aim to cultivate a culture of innovation and excellence.
Join us on this groundbreaking venture as we drive positive change and pioneer solutions for a sustainable and net-zero future.
iNetZ+ our global researchers
iNetZ+ theme leads
Transport - Philip Greening
Energy in Buildings - Eddie Owens
Hydrogen Economy – Raffaella Ocone and Peter Cummings
Materials and Circularisation: David Bucknall and Gabriela Medero
GeoEnergy: Andreas Busch and Florian Doster
Nature-Based Solutions: Nik Willoughby
Business and Finance: Bing Xu
Manufacturing and Industry: Nik Willoughby and Susana Garcia Lopez
Equity and Accessibility: Kate Sang
Data and Artificial Intelligence: Ahmed Elsheikh
System Transition: Susan Krumdieck
Impact and Influence: Peter Cummings
Nurture and Collaborate: Kamaljit Singh and Melis Sutman
What will we deliver?
Harnessing green hydrogen
We're developing hydrogen production technologies, establishing new methods of transporting fuel and advancing storage solutions. Our researchers champion the use of hydrogen as a renewable energy source across industrial and domestic realms.
Decarbonising transport and logistics
By integrating agent-based modelling, data science, operations research, and behavioural change tactics, we'll develop an understanding and implement the necessary technological and operational shifts for new sustainable solutions
Manufacturing & industry
We're collaborating with industry to digitally map manufacturing processes. This approach will help to develop universally applicable solutions, enhancing sustainability across various sectors, such as the brewing & distilling industry.
Energy in buildings
We're addressing the significant role buildings play in worldwide greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption; focusing on pioneering technologies and policies to guide buildings towards net zero, contributing to the global decarbonisation effort.
Collaborating with nature, we tackle key societal challenges. Our focus spans the protection, restoration, and management of natural and semi-natural ecosystems and the sustainable stewardship of aquatic systems and working lands (croplands/timberlands).
Delving into the synergy between low-carbon energy and the subsurface, we investigate geothermal energy production, hydrogen storage, CO2 sequestration, and radioactive waste disposal.
Developing sustainable and circular materials
We're pioneering the exploration and application of diverse materials, central to achieving net zero. Our focus spans from the atomistic to the macroscopic, blending fundamental insights with applied studies and industry collaboration.
Business and finance
The non-technical facets of business and finance are pivotal in embracing transformation for a net zero future. We'll design groundbreaking models in harmony with social, economic, and political demands - smoothing the path towards a circular economy.
We're building collaborations with other academic institutions, public bodies and private sector organisations to develop the solutions needed.
How do we create impact?
From creating new talent and innovation to supporting start-ups and etsablished organisations; find out how our globally connected ecosytem benefits everyone.
We're already delivering progress
Immerse yourself in these articles and see how we are using our pioneering solutions to shape the future of environmental and energy technologies.
Heriot-Watt to co-host UK research hub
Heriot-Watt University is part of a new national research hub that will help to upgrade and decarbonise the UK’s complex and interconnected national, regional and local transport infrastructures and to adapt to the effects of climate change.
Building a sustainable future
Co-founder of Kenoteq, Gabriela Medero , maker of the K-Briq writes about her award-winning and revolutionary, circular solution.
Net zero: solving Scotland’s skills demand
The number of low carbon jobs is set to quadruple by 2050. Now is the right time to start outlining how we can meet these skills demands through training and experience.
Industry and enterprise working side-by-side to meet our collective energy-solution needs.
Accelerating the design and development of tailor-made Sorbent Materials for energy efficient carbon capture.
Sustainable energy usage within agriculture
Our SCORRES project reduced water wastage in agricultural applications by 80% and crop yield doubled in some cases.
From discovery to application, our pioneering research delivers results with global impact, helping to transform society, drive the economy and change lives.
In the drive to achieve net zero, it is fundamentally important to keep pushing the boundaries in search of clean energy sources and viable alternatives including the hydrogen economy.
Scaling up hydrogen
We have a particular focus on technology that can scale because hydrogen remains a small contributor to our overall energy mix. For net-zero ambitions to be met, this needs to change rapidly.
To accelerate to a rapid decline in emissions, we need a holistic and smart systems approach to energy management, with dynamic research that highlights effective routes to net zero.
World-leading research in sustainable construction is making a real difference for communities in South America and the ground-breaking K-Briq is transforming construction waste in the UK.
With transport accounting for a third of C02 emissions, its decarbonisation is imperative. How can we transform the existing infrastructure into a cleaner, greener system to meet net-zero emissions?
Solving wicked problems
The complex dynamics of energy transition are at the forefront of the net zero challenge, we are pioneering transition engineering processes to drive innovation in the sustainable use of energy.
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