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Tyndall Manchester researchers Maria Sharmina and Tim Braunholtz-Speight presented research into local energy business models in a session at the Smart Local Energy Systems: Unlocking Net Zero virtual conference
13 August 2021
The conference was attended by over 600 participants from business and research organisations, and was organised by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) on behalf of UKRI's Prospering from the Energy Revolution (PFER) challenge.

Ruth Wood was a lead author for the Technical Report of the 3rd UK Climate Change Risk Assessment providing advice on risks to infrastructure
13 August 2021
The infrastructure chapter assesses the climate-related risks and opportunities to infrastructure, primarily focussing on the ‘economic grey infrastructure’ that provides services such as heating, lighting, mobility, fresh water and sanitation to society

New paper showcases a carbon efficient bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) supply chain model at high spatial resolution
8 July 2021
The methodology presented in this analysis provides a useful heuristic that can aid the carbon efficient deployment of BECCS in the UK.

New paper looks at the greenhouse gas removal potential of different biomass energy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) supply chains
8 July 2021
Greenhouse gas removal (GGR) approaches, such as bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), are likely to be required to support the 2050 net-zero target to offset residual emissions from 'hard-to-abate' sectors.

The long-term future for community energy in the UK
18 June 2021
A new paper has been published in Energy Research and Social Science by researchers at Tyndall Manchester, along with colleagues from the University of Strathclyde and Imperial College London

Tyndall PhD researcher Velma Mukoro wins the University of Manchester's 2021 Making a Difference Award for 'Outstanding contribution to environmental sustainability'
8 June 2021
Velma collaborated with solar energy companies in Kenya to identify areas of their business operations that are hotspots of environmental impacts to inform the design of improved business models that are less destructive

Tyndall research on food demand is presented at the virtual ClimateExp0 2021 conference
8 June 2021
Drs Susan Lee & Ruth Wood presented a poster at the conference organised by the COP26 Universities Network and Rete delle Universita per lo sviluppo Sostenibile (Italian University Network for Sustainable Development)

New project funded on 'Environmental impacts of digital services for health and wellbeing in the home'
8 June 2021
Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid will be a Co-I on the project which has been awarded as part of the EPSRC Digital Economy: Sustainable Digital Society 2020/21 call.

Tyndall Manchester has agreed a new partnership with the Conlan family to support 10 ‘impact’ summer internships over the next three years
26 May 2021
This scheme will be open to undergraduate students across The University of Manchester and will be advertised via the student experience team

Tyndall PhD researcher Clara Skuse part of winning team at 2021 Making a Difference Awards
19 May 2021
The PPE Printing Project for Local NHS won in the 'Outstanding professional services for social responsibility' category

Dr Maria Sharmina takes part in the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum policy conference
7 May 2021
The event focused on the next steps for transport decarbonisation in the UK, including low-carbon fuels, infrastructure, sector-specific targets and policy development.

Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid analyses the implementation of circular economy approaches in the agricultural sector
6 May 2021
In the current context of resource scarcity, global climate change, environmental degradation and increasing food demand, the circular economy (CE) represents a promising strategy for supporting sustainable, restorative, and regenerative agriculture.

New article develops framework linking circular economy and resilience for seafood business models
6 May 2021
In order to ensure the future sustainability and resilience of our seafood supply, business models must adopt environmentally sensitive practices.

Changes in flying habits caused by COVID-19 present opportunities for cutting CO2 emissions
18 March 2021
In a commentary published by the London School of Economics, Alice Larkin and Maria Sharmina discuss practical ways to reduce air travel.

New shipping report highlights the barriers to 'shore-power' in the UK, and how they can be overcome
5 March 2021
Ships can cut pollution by plugging into the electricity grid when in port, rather than using their fossil-fuelled engines.

New episode of Tyndall Talks podcast on shipping and aviation
25 February 2021
James Mason and Charlotte Brown interview the Head of the School of Engineering, Professor Alice Larkin about her research on shipping and aviation and how to reduce emissions in these sectors

New research published on the UK's smart and local energy business sector
25 February 2021
The study suggests how energy businesses could better utilise smart systems and key aspects of localism, to decentralise and decarbonise the sector

New report reviews the role of fossil fuel-based carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the energy sector
21 January 2021
In the context of highly constrained global carbon budgets for meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement, significant progress in energy sector decarbonisation is essential by 2030.

New research published on the life cycle assessment of alternative techniques for augmenting drinking water supplies in developing countries
21 January 2021
The article by Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid and collaborators from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil) highlights that the environmental sustainability of adaptations to urban water infrastructure should be evaluated.

A new paper discusses crowdfunding’s potential to democratise finance
21 January 2021
The research considers how and why investors place their confidence in commercial crowdfunding websites or platforms

Tyndall Centre research is included in Committee on Climate Change Sixth Carbon Budget report
15 January 2021
Clair Gough contributed to a summary note on greenhouse gas removal policies which concluded that strong political leadership is essential to deliver sustainable GGR without a reduction in mitigation ambition.

Timothy Capper presented at the Energy Technology Partnership’s annual conference
3 December 2020
His presentation considered the effect of imbalance charges on participants in peer-to-peer electricity markets.

Tyndall Manchester project runner-up for research impact in Guardian University Awards
3 December 2020
The Setting City Area Targets and Trajectories for Emissions Reduction (SCATTER) project was recognised for helping set and develop carbon targets and policies

£1.5m project funded by UKRI and industry will research how to eliminate plastic leakage into the environment.
25 November 2020
Dr Maria Sharmina and colleagues in the Departments of Materials and Sociology have secured the funding for project, "One bin to rule them all".

Tyndall Manchester collaboration wins in international competition 'Reimagining museums for climate action'
20 November 2020
Story:Web is one of eight winning exhibition concepts selected from the 264 entries, from 48 countries.

New paper published on decarbonising the difficult to mitigate sectors of transport and industry
6 November 2020
Limiting warming to well below 2°C requires rapid and complete decarbonisation of energy systems.

New paper published on the future of UK plastics recycling
9 October 2020
The paper contends that the use of plastics and even the existence of this versatile material, has been increasingly demonised in the UK.

Building a social innovation strategy for rice straw bioenergy in the Philippines and Vietnam
16 September 2020
New Tyndall research published on how to engage farmers in bioenergy development.

New research tackles wicked problems
27 August 2020
New Tyndall analysis published in Futures, emphasises the importance of involving stakeholders when making decisions to tackle complex environmental challenges.

The co-benefits of climate action: accelerating city-level ambition
27 August 2020
A new report from CAST, CDP and the Tyndall Centre assesses the state of how cities are identifying and using co-benefits to support their climate action.

RiseUp: New collaborative research project receives ESRC funding to investigate the resilience of the UK seafood system in response to disruption caused by COVID-19
23 July 2020
Many seafood businesses in the UK have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and face extraordinary challenges in continuing to produce, process and supply food to the public.

New paper on 'Environmental trade-offs associated with bioenergy from agri-residues in sub-tropical regions: a case study of the Colombian coffee sector'
23 July 2020
The paper evaluates the environmental impacts that can derive from coffee stems gasification in small-scale gasifiers-CHP systems

A new paper by Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid and colleagues from the University of Seville has been published in the journal 'Processes'
23 July 2020
The concrete industry allows the use of large quantities of waste as a substitute for a conventional raw material without sacrificing the technical properties of the product.

Workshop report and video available from 'Local Authorities and the Climate Emergency’ virtual event on 16 March
10 July 2020
Over 50 local authority participants attended and took part in an interesting and interactive event, as well as having the opportunity to provide further input and raise further questions following the evening.

New Tyndall research calculates carbon emissions from existing ships, and shows how these can be reduced in-line with the Paris climate agreement’s 1.5 degree goal
24 June 2020
The research found that the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted over the lifetimes of existing ships would use up more than the sector’s entire carbon budget, unless action is taken.

Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid and Dr Maria Sharmina have published a paper quantifying greenhouses gas emissions from circular economy strategies in the EU construction sector
16 June 2020
The construction sector represents one of the most significant sources of waste generation in the European Union (EU), with nearly one billion tonnes of construction and demolition waste annually.

Two new papers from the Tyndall Centre look at aspects of feasibility of carbon dioxide removal using biomass energy with carbon capture and storage and afforestation
11 June 2020
Greenhouse gas removal technologies and practices are essential to bring emissions to net zero and limit global warming to 1.5 °C.

New report published on 'Unflushables 2030?'
29 May 2020
The report by Claire Hoolohan and Alison Browne summarises a workshop with policy and industry partners that explored how to eradicate unflushables by 2030.

New report published on changes to production-consumption systems resulting from COVID-19, and possible prospects for the future.
22 May 2020
Claire Hoolohan and Maria Sharmina contributed to the report, which adds to the public debate on what the world will look like when we get through the COVID-19 pandemic

Jaise Kuriakose is highlighted among 100 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic experts
27 March 2020
The Climate Reframe project highlighted some of the best BAME people who are climate experts, campaigners and advocates living and working in the UK.

Early results from the Energy Revolution Consortium
26 March 2020
Maria Sharmina and colleagues at the Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde have created a local energy business database, bringing together many sources of publicly available information.

Low-cost finance for renewables enabled by community energy
12 February 2020
Community energy in the UK has grown due to some favourable government policies and the decreasing cost of renewable energy technologies.

Register now for 'Local Authorities and the Climate Emergency' from 5pm on 16 March
12 February 2020
The Tyndall Centre invites councillors and local authority officers and managers to an evening of sharing what's working, where the challenges remain and how they can best be addressed in taking climate action.

Tyndall focus on eradicating unflushable waste
7 February 2020
Unflushables are a substantial challenge in a world focused on reducing plastic pollution, improving water quality, reducing water demand and ensuring resilient water supplies. Yet they're taboo.

New research, led by Dr Chris Jones, on the environmental aspects of energy storage has been published in Environmental Science and Technology
23 January 2020
A life cycle assessment approach was used to evaluate the potential greenhouse gas savings possible when replacing fossil fuel generators (diesel and natural gas) with energy storage systems (ESS) for electricity grid services.

Environmental sustainability of small-scale biomass power technologies for agricultural communities in developing countries
13 December 2019
This study by Jhud Mikhail Aberilla, Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid, Dr Laurence Stamford and Prof Adisa Azapagic quantifies the potential environmental benefits of using residues from rice, coconut and livestock as an alternative to diesel generators in off-grid communities.

New project funded on 'Environmental impacts of digital services for health and wellbeing in the home'
8 June 2021
Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid will be a Co-I on the project which has been awarded as part of the EPSRC Digital Economy: Sustainable Digital Society 2020/21 call.

Dr Andrew Welfle worked with BBC Sport to provide expert opinion on their report 'How Green are Premier League Clubs?'
22 November 2019
The English Premier League is a global brand and its teams are not just sport clubs, they are high profile businesses. They are now rightly coming under scrutiny questioning their environmental and carbon credentials.