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Graphene-enhanced cement shows promising environmental benefits in an impactful study
20 May 2024
Researchers from The University of Manchester and the University of Santiago de Compostela reveal that adding graphene to cement significantly improves its properties and environmental impact, despite challenges in achieving uniform dispersion.

Collaborative research enhances dairy sustainability through circular economy principles
15 May 2024
A study led by Senior Lecturer Alejandro Gallego-Schmid and Research Assistant Raphael Tarpani evaluates circular economy strategies to improve dairy production sustainability.

One Bin to Rule them All project team triumphs at Making a Difference Awards 2024
10 May 2024
The One Bin to Rule Them All project team has won the 'Outstanding Contribution to Social and Environmental Impact through Entrepreneurship' award and the University Social Responsibility Staff Medal at the university’s Making a Difference Awards 2024.

Dr Angela Minas wins British Academy ODA International Interdisciplinary Research Grant
2 May 2024
Dr. Angela Minas wins the British Academy ODA International Interdisciplinary Research Grant for her collaborative project that highlights Filipino perspectives on climate resilience, which seeks to counter Northern-dominated narratives.

Conference presentation entitled 'Coalfields Reimagined: Driving Social Sustainability Through Mine Water Heating'
2 May 2024
Jingyi Li attended the 2024 Mine Water Geothermal Energy Symposium, where she delivered an oral presentation entitled 'Coalfields Reimagined: Driving Social Sustainability Through Mine Water Heating’.

Quantifying the environmental impacts and toxic lead pollution from the waste of solar power electrification in Africa.
19 April 2024
Christopher Kinally and Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid have published an article quantifying the environmental impacts and toxic lead pollution from the current improper management of waste from solar power electrification initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa.

Talk 200 bicentenary podcast on energy and climate change, now available on all platforms
11 April 2024
In the latest Talk 200 podcast episode, host Andy Spinoza is joined by Professor Alice Larkin talking energy and climate change: “We don’t have hundreds of years to sort this out”

​Integrated sustainability assessment of repurposing onshore abandoned wells for geothermal power generation.
30 January 2024
A recently published study in the journal 'Applied Energy' that presents an integrated techno-sustainability assessment of repurposing abandoned oil and gas wells for geothermal power generation.

Collaborative digitally-enabled business models for a circular economy: Sustaining, managing and protecting value in the UK plastics sector.
19 January 2024
Adeyemi Adelekan and Maria Sharmina have published a new paper exploring the process of designing digitally-enabled collaborative business models in the UK plastics sector.

Environmental impacts of a digital health and well-being service
9 January 2024
Senior Lecturer Alejandro Gallego-Schmid and Research Assistant Raphael Tarpani have published a paper in the Journal Cleaner Environmental Systems, about the environmental impacts of a digital health and well-being service.

Future Homes
14 December 2023
Maria Sharmina is part of the new Innovate UK project 'Future Homes'.

Accelerating Just Climate Action Conference
9 November 2023
Accelerating Just Climate Action Conference – 12 December | 08:30 – 17:30.

Party conference season
26 October 2023
Tyndall researchers took part in the Party Conference season, both at the Conservative Conference in Manchester and the Labour Conference in Liverpool.

Excellence and Innovation award nominations
10 October 2023
Andrew Welfle, Muir Freer, Clair Gough and Amanda Lea-Langton have been nominated for Three Excellence and Innovation Awards.

Waste Management in Nepal: characterization and challenges to promote a circular economy
4 August 2023
A study led by Dr Alejandro Gallego and Nicolás Labra provides critical insights into integrating Nepal's informal waste sector to enable a circular economy transition.

Smart local energy finance report outlines roles for crowdfunding of Smart Local Energy Systems (SLES)
7 July 2023
Citizens could directly fund some elements of emerging smart local energy systems, says a recent report by Tyndall researchers Tim Braunholtz-Speight and Maria Sharmina, and Jeff Hardy of Sustainable Energy Futures.

Making a Difference Award
5 June 2023
The University of Manchester team, comprising Dr Muir Freer, Dr Clair Gough, Dr Andrew Welfle, and Dr Amanda Lea-Langton, has been recognised for their outstanding innovation in the field of social responsibility and environmental impact.

New report published
9 May 2023
Jaise Kuriakose and Ruth Wood have published a new report on climate change adaptation indicators for the UK’s power distribution network.

CREDS (Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions) workshop
31 May 2023
Maria Sharmina presented at the CREDS (Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions) workshop on policy implications of digitalisation pathways for lower energy demand.

Case study for on Teaching and Learning Sustainable Consumption
24 May 2023
Claire Hoolohan co-authored a case study for the Routledge Handbook on Teaching and Learning Sustainable Consumption, demonstrating how cross-faculty research is being used in teaching.

New publication outlining the benefits of electrical and thermal storage
30 November 2022
A new electrical and thermal storage publication in the Frontiers in Energy Storage from Benjamin Greening, Tim Braunholtz-Speight, Ruth Wood and Muir Freer.

New Energy Storage Brochure
30 November 2022
The publishing of an Energy Storage Brochure in collaboration between the University of Manchester, Imperial College and the University of Melbourne

New report published at COP27 on how the shipping sector will transport different fuels as the world transitions to a zero-carbon future
30 November 2022
Tyndall Manchester’s new report “shipping’s role in the global energy transition” was launched at an event at COP27 with a presentation by Alice Larkin.

New review of geothermal power plants from life cycle sustainability assessment and circular economy perspectives
30 November 2022
Jingyi Li, Raphael Tarpani, Laurence Stamford, and Alejandro Gallego-Schmid, published their review of the geothermal power plants from life cycle sustainability assessment and circular economy perspective in the Journal of Sustainable Production and Consumption.

New research into decarbonising the UK Glass sector through biofuels
30 November 2022
Tyndall Centre researchers Andrew Welfle and Muir Freer collaborated with Glass Futures to investigate the feasibility of decarbonising the UK Glass Sector.

Dr Maria Sharmina will join Policy@Manchester as the Co-Director for Science and Engineering
4 October 2022
Policy@Manchester connects researchers with policymakers and influencers, nurtures long-term policy engagement relationships, and seeks to enhance stakeholder understanding of pressing policy challenges.

Tyndall Manchester academics Alice Larkin and Kevin Anderson contributed two essays to The Climate Book
4 October 2022
New publication, The Climate Book. An anthology of essays from over 100 academics, scientists & other authors, with Greta Thunberg weaving a connecting narrative through them.

Three undergraduates successfully completed small climate change projects as part of the Tyndall Manchester - Conlan Impact Internships Programme
4 October 2022
The Conlan internships returned this summer with three undergraduate students being selected to research a range of topics whilst working alongside and being supervised by members of the Tyndall Manchester team.

New study highlights that off-grid solar waste is the primary driver of lead exposure and child brain poisoning in sub-Saharan Africa
30 September 2022
Christopher Kinally and Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid (Tyndall Manchester) have published an article in the Journal of Energy for Sustainable Development about hazardous waste from off-grid solar products in sub-Saharan Africa.

Alice Larkin and Maria Sharmina contribute to discussions on Low Energy Demand in Changing Climates
3 August 2022
Alice Larkin and Maria Sharmina joined a panel of experts at the UKERC Research Conference ‘Putting Net Zero into Action: addressing the implementation gap’.

Exploration into progress in establishing a social licence to operate (SLO) Carbon Capture and Storage
19 May 2022
New paper explores progress in establishing a social licence to operate (SLO) Carbon Capture and Storage in UK industrial clusters from the perspectives of key stakeholders.

New recommendations on the implementation of circular economy business models and technology management strategies
19 May 2022
Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid has published an article in the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews about the implementation of circular economy business models and technology management strategies in the wind industry.

New report on local energy systems across the UK
19 May 2022
A report on local energy systems across the UK, led by Tim Braunholtz-Speight and Maria Sharmina of Tyndall Manchester and Dimitrios Pappas of Tyndall UEA, has been published by the EnergyREV research consortium.

New paper on carbon-efficient bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) supply chain modelling
14 March 2022
New Carbon-Efficient BECCS Supply Chain Modelling Paper Exploring Where UK BECCS Facilities Should Go, by Muir Freer, Clair Gough, Andrew Welfle and Amanda Lea-Langton.

Tyndall Manchester investigates the impact of digital services for health and wellbeing in the home
14 March 2022
Dr. Raphael Tarpani has been enrolled as Research Assistant to investigate the impacts and circularity of digital services at independent living schemes and the NHS in the UK.

New paper on carbon-efficient bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) supply chain modelling
14 March 2022
New Carbon-Efficient BECCS Supply Chain Modelling Paper Exploring Where UK BECCS Facilities Should Go, by Muir Freer, Clair Gough, Andrew Welfle and Amanda Lea-Langton.

New report from Tyndall Manchester on Scottish Ports and Climate Change
1 March 2022
Prepared by Simon Bullock, this reports sets out six guiding principles for ports to consider when setting decarbonisation strategies.

New report provides recommendations for sustainable food procurement in Greater Manchester
1 March 2022
The report suggests ways the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) can lead in promoting sustainable food production, transportation and consumption.

Maria Sharmina has been seconded as a Senior Academic Advisor on the Net Zero Foresight project, aiming to inform the government’s net zero policies
16 February 2022
This Foresight project aims to support the resilience of government net zero policies by understanding how different social and behavioural changes will affect our path to net zero.

A new fellowship conducted by James Mason at Tyndall Manchester will investigate the real-time feasibility of optimised sailing routes to cut carbon in international shipping
1 December 2021
As pressure mounts for rapid action in the face of the global climate crisis, modern sail technology presents an opportunity for immediate action in the shipping sector.

Drs Maria Sharmina and Rebecca St. Clair co-authored an article on single-use plastic and COVID-19 in the NHS
8 November 2021
The article was a collaboration between researchers at the University of Exeter, the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trusts and The University of Manchester.

New Tyndall Manchester research has been published in Climate Policy, on Paris-compatible pathways for the international shipping sector
8 November 2021
The research highlights the stark gap between the International Maritime Organisation’s existing targets, and what is needed for shipping to play its part in meeting the Paris Climate goals.

Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid coordinated the participation of 12 volunteers at ScienceX 2021
1 November 2021
More than 400 people attended the stand run by the Tyndall Centre.

As part of the COP26 Universities Network, Drs Maria Sharmina and Ruth Wood have published a working paper ‘Mainstreaming Climate Change Education in UK Higher Education Institutions’
19 October 2021
This working paper takes as its starting point the need to holistically mainstream Climate Change Education (CCE).

Clair Gough is a CoI on a new Network+ programme grant to continue the work of the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Centre until 2025
13 October 2021
The UK is seeing an unprecedented rise in CCS activity, with deployment planned to go from currently nothing to 10 million tonnes of CO2 captured and stored per year by 2030 with continued growth in the sector thereafter to underpin the UK’s net-zero target.

A new review article by Velma Mukoro, Drs Alejandro Gallego Schmid and Maria Sharmina critiques life cycle assessments of renewable energy in Africa
2 September 2021
The rapid growth of Africa’s renewable energy sector calls for concerted efforts of stakeholders to mitigate environmental impacts along the value chain of renewable energy.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.