Net Zero Carbon
Meeting net-zero carbon targets by 2050 as stipulated by the government, is a whole-system challenge which requires sustained and coordinated action across all sectors of society.
At Plymouth, our research extends across areas including built environment, mobility, energy, food, resources, behaviour change, nature-based solutions, arts and policy. This critical mass of expertise, working together with industry, community groups and policy makers provide the foundation to co-create solutions to address and accelerate the pace of change required to achieve net zero carbon.

Driving net-zero research and innovation

South West innovators collaborate to develop enhanced solutions for seagrass monitoring

The University is collaborating with HydroSurv, Valeport and Natural England to create a new, non-invasive method to measure and monitor seagrass biomass on the seabed around England’s South West coast.  
This project supported by a grant of more than £266,000 from Innovate UK’s Smart Grant programme will develop a solution set to change the way seagrass meadows are monitored in the future, complementing traditional diver surveys to cover much larger areas and enable rapid re-survey work as required.   
measuring and monitoring seagrass biomass

CobBauge Project – a view to constructing a new generation of energy-efficient homes

Cob houses have existed in the south of England and northern France for centuries; however, the construction industry has been unable to create a cob material that meets new thermal and structural building regulations. Now a cross-border research project led by Professor Steve Goodhew aims to change that and demonstrate that the ancient technique – which involves mixing earth and natural fibres with water – has a role to play in the construction industry's future. 
CobBauge Project

Sustainability Hub: Low Carbon Devon

The Sustainability Hub is a living lab that provides a physical, collaborative space where businesses, social enterprises and community groups can mix with researchers and students around the issue of sustainability. Supported by an investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the three-year £2.6 million programme is a catalyst for low-carbon economic growth in Devon. 
Sustainability Hub


Centre for Decarbonisation and Offshore Renewable Energy

Centre for Decarbonisation and Offshore Renewable Energy 

In response to climate change imperatives, we are bringing together a critical mass of leading research and expertise from across the University of Plymouth. Through co-creation and collaboration with partners from business, government and key communities from across the globe, the Centre aims to be a beacon for the University’s whole-system transdisciplinary approach to solutions-oriented research, accelerating sustainable developments in decarbonisation and renewable energy.