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Road to Net Zero 2021

19th July 2021

This November the UK will host the United Nations’ COP26 Climate Change Conference. Ahead of this, Northumbria recently brought together a group of academics, industry experts, student representatives and government ministers to discuss the North East’s contribution to achieving net zero carbon emissions.

The Road to Net Zero Roundtable event was chaired by Northumbria University's Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive Professor Andrew Wathey, with a keynote speech by Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Member of Parliament for Berwick-upon-Tweed and Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth.

They were joined by Northumbria’s Neil Beattie, Professor of Energy Innovation; and Anil Namdeo, Professor of Air Quality Management, who discussed how their research was helping find solutions to the challenge of reducing carbon emissions.

Also taking part in the event was Northumbria University Students’ Union President Gareth Smith, as well as representatives from organisations such as ENGIE UK, the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, Britishvolt, Cotton Connect, and Newcastle University.

The event signals Northumbria’s commitment to sustainability, which is already at the heart of everything we do – from how the University operates its campuses, the research carried out by our academics, the teaching provided to our students, and our partnerships with regional, national and international organisations.

The video below gives an overview of what was discussed during the Road to Net Zero Roundtable event. Keep an eye on our social media channels over the coming weeks as we continue to share more details of the conversations which took place.




In the run up to COP26, which takes place in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November, Northumbria will be highlighting some of the innovative work taking place at the University to protect our planet – from creating hedgehog friendly habitats on our doorstep in Newcastle, to researching the impact melting Antarctic glaciers will have on global sea levels. Explore the examples below to find out more.


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