Climate Change



UCL people are collaborating with policymakers, entrepreneurs and local citizens to tackle the climate emergency across disciplines, sectors and communities.

Meeting a problem of the scale and complexity of the climate crisis will take unprecedented collaboration — and imagination.  

Whether it’s transforming the spoils of our daily caffeine intake into clean energy through UCL start-up BioBean, or developing urgent pan-university efforts to build a fair COVID-19 recovery, we work with policymakers, entrepreneurs and local communities to address the climate crisis.

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Public engagement and policyEntrepreneurshipIndustry partnershipsGlobal partnershipsClimate change and London


Public engagement and policy

Building the consensus for change

UCL takes its responsibility to sharing knowledge with the wider world seriously. We are researching more effective ways of communicating the risks of climate change to the general public, empowering people with information and tools they need to take action in their own lives, and building the consensus for change. 


Climate-smart innovation

There are no quick fixes to the climate crisis. But bold ideas can help us to adapt. UCL has a strong track-record in helping people within our community create and spinout companies translating their ideas into real-world innovations. Our spirit of entrepreneurship is powered by people from across the organisation, like the UCL students behind the £1m Hult Prize-winning social enterprise Rice Inc, which is tackling global food insecurity.

Industry partnerships

Turning high impact research into real world impact

UCL has a history of working with industry partners to translate research insights into real-world impact. How can we ensure a decarbonised system to buy and store heat and power? How can we design-out plastic packaging and create new business opportunities along the way? Partnership with UCL can enhance the competitive edge of companies and create opportunities for high impact research, while answering pressing questions about tackling global heating.

Global partnerships

Harnessing international networks and expertise

We believe there should be no boundaries to research and innovation when tackling a planetary emergency like climate change, and that with the right mix of minds, anything is possible. As London's global university, UCL is working with partners and communities around the world to tackle the climate crisis at all scales. Research initiatives range from our collaboration with Peking University researching how China’s carbon emissions impact on climate mitigation, to the Institute for Global Prosperity’s Transforming Tomorrow Initiative, catalysing experimentation in social, cultural, economic and political fields and creating the institutions, networks, stories and policies that will move society from climate emergency to global prosperity.

Climate change and London

London’s global university creating change on our doorstep

UCL is London’s global university, nourished by and contributing to one of the most exciting, ideas-driven cities in the world. UCL people are making important contributions to both local and global projects: engaging with our fellow Londoners through local initiatives like Camden Citizen’s Assembly for Climate Change; co-creating knowledge with Londoner citizen scientists; and creating new opportunities for local businesses.