Net Zero is a critical first step on the way to a sustainable future, but we know that getting to Net Zero alone will not be enough. The way we plan our path to a carbon neutral world will determine whether we can go on to become truly sustainable and, at Warwick, we believe we need to think deeper, research wider and look further ahead.
We’re tackling the challenges of air pollution, leading the way on sustainable materials, waste management and plastics recycling. We’re working to find answers to some of the world’s most challenging issues that go hand in hand with addressing the climate emergency; issues of poverty, pollution and inequality.
Sustainable materials: Let’s talk about waste!
Around 37.2 billion tonnes of waste are produced each year in the UK alone. Waste produced by commercial and industrial activity (also known as post-industrial waste) accounts for 18% of all waste produced (source).
Post-industrial waste is, in general, of higher quality than consumer waste. It is consistent, quality controlled and traceable. All these factors make it a prime candidate for reuse and reprocessing into new materials and this presents unique business opportunities.
First annual report on the UN Sustainable Development Goals
At the University of Warwick, we prioritise a thoughtful, critical and substantial engagement with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Our aim is that by 2030, Warwick will be one of the world’s exceptional universities, helping to transform our region, country and world for the collective good.
Our strategy combines a commitment to cutting edge, internationally relevant work, with an ethical commitment to positive impact in the world.
Geo-spatial mapping of health services in slums
The Institute of Global Sustainable Development develops world-leading research that engages with global sustainable development frameworks.
A recent project, led by Professor Richard Lilford and Warwick Medical School, aims to develop a competitive proposal which will improve health service delivery through digital innovation.
The project will benefit people who live in low to middle-income countries by reducing morbidity and mortality at population level.
A circular economy could save the world’s economy post-COVID-19
The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged all facets of human endeavours, and seven months later the economic effects are particularly being felt
How the world can leverage the positive and negative effects of COVID-19 to build a new, more resilient and low-carbon economy has been analysed by a group of academics led by WMG, University of Warwick.
Helping growers get the best from biopesticides
Biopesticides are safe crop protection products based on micro-organisms, plant extracts and other natural compounds.
Warwick Crop Centre's AMBER project is a research project to identify practical ways for growers to improve the performance of biopesticide products in their crop protection programmes.
The project team are sharing their knowledge with growers to help make crop protection more effective and sustainable.
Agreement with agronomy specialist to bring UK beans to market
The University of Warwick’s research commercialisation wing, Warwick Innovations, has signed a contract with agronomy specialist Agrii to promote the commercial production of UK haricot beans developed by scientists at the University of Warwick.
Agrii will carry out pre-commercial field trials and detailed research to enable a proof-of-concept and move towards creating a growing model which fits with progressive UK broad acre farming systems.
In the Air
In the Air is an ongoing project designed to provide digital visualisation of pollution. The project aims to make visible the microscopic and invisible agents of Madrid´s air, to see how they perform, react and interact with the rest of the city.
Nerea Calvillo, Associate Professor at the University's Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies is founder of the collaborative project.
London air quality monitoring improved
Air quality in London is better monitored, thanks to a project between the Alan Turing Institute and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan – led by Dr Theo Damoulas of the University of Warwick.
The venture explores ways to improve how air quality is modelled in the capital, by drawing together data from existing and new sensors, and enhancing the way this data is analysed.
New research to deliver cleaner, greener chemicals
Researchers at the University of Warwick have been awarded funding to work with Lubrizol, a UK based global leader in the manufacture of speciality chemicals.
The research teams will be completing this ground-breaking new programme to create cleaner and greener chemical processing methods for everyday products in a bid to help the government meet its carbon neutral targets.