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DEI responses to Government and Policy Consultations

  • Durham experts support POST identify 30 areas of change to help the UK Parliament prepare for the future.

    Durham’s Professor Karen Johnson and DEI Associate Fellow Dr Antti Silvast are expert contributors to Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST) Research Horizon scan to support decision-makers to acknowledge and preparing for possible opportunities and challenges. The POST Research for Parliament 2021 series identifies 30 areas of change to help the UK Parliament prepare for the future with a horizon scan developed for each. Dr Antti Silvast was asked to contribute and peer-review the Horizon Scan on Differing approaches to reaching Net Zero based on his own report for UKERC whole systems research landscape report (Antti Silvast, 2020). Professor Karen Johnson was approached to contribute to the Horizon scan on Soil as an essential national asset based on her work on soil health and evidence to the Environmental Audit Committee Agency. These research summaries will inform the future work programme for UK Parliament.

  • Response to Energy White paper Durham Energy Institute (Dec 2020) DEI welcomes the Energy White paper released by the UK government on 14th December 2020 and its focus on clean energy, green jobs and affordable energy. It is a significant step forward in providing a clear national ambition and strategy for achieving a low carbon and resilient energy sector for the UK.  This paper gives our overview responses to the plans laid-out in the White Paper drawing on the insights from our research and partnership working.
  • DEI response to Environmental Audit Committee inquiry on Possible Future Inquiries (April 2020). This response was submitted with Durham County Council and Northumberland County Council. The response highlights that poor land management and not putting carbon back into soils are two key reasons for significant soil degradation all over the world (Lal, 2003). Understanding and exploiting the potential of returning carbon to soil to mitigate climate change is a critical but missing part of net zero plans. Read the DEI response.

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