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Physics Powering the Green Economy

The IOP is shaping the debate on matters important to the physics community in academia and business in the UK and Ireland.

Physics Powering the Green Economy is our flagship impact project for 2023. We will shape the debate with our membership and community to highlight how physics has enabled the green economy of today, and set out how physics will enable the green economy of tomorrow. The purpose of this work with the community is to build evidence that will influence related national strategies and actions, and lead to impact.

The first phase of the project is to generate a seminal report which will span:

  • application case studies in energy production, transport, industry, buildings, and CO2 management from across the nations and regions
  • technology roadmaps in nuclear, renewables, energy storage, hydrogen, and carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) that also set out recommendations for technology advances to accelerate transition to net zero
  • commentary on innovation enablers such as materials, climate science, magnetism, smart energy (and geoengineering)
  • “talking head” views from individuals showing how physicists think around the bigger picture of the green economy; sharing community thinking on recycling, adaptation, a systems approach to deliver solutions, and the need for a fair, just and affordable transition.

Get involved

We would like to thank all members who have added their voice to the debate on how we move towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient and socially inclusive economy via our survey, roundtables and one-day workshop. More than 500 members have contributed to the project so far. We will be launching the report in the last quarter of 2023.