Decarbonisation requires connected thinking

In our increasingly complex and connected world, getting to Net Zero will need simultaneous transformation of vital and interconnected sectors – such as buildings, homes, transport, business and industry. Change in any one of these sectors will change the others.

Decarbonisation is a unique challenge because of its scale and the breadth of sectors, stakeholders and policy areas that it links to.

Hence, in order to develop a net zero that works and a transition that is just and sustainable, decarbonisation needs connected thinking.

This why SWITCH brings together such a wide range of expertise, in a wide range of fields.

The role of SWITCH Connect – the vital part at the centre of the network – will be to bring the people in the different fields together, to identify crossing points and to connect the academic research with industry and society. It builds on the successful models developed by SPECIFIC and FLEXIS, for Net Zero buildings and energy systems respectively.

Crucially, it pulls together the vast experience and expertise that has already been developed in South Wales through a decade of UKRI and ERDF investment across energy, construction, transport and manufacturing.

Thus, we will work towards understanding and exploring the interdependencies and a Net Zero world, and we will deliver impacts that support the economy, policy, skills and society.


Diagram showing themes, applications and impacts for SWITCH