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15 Feb 20211 minute read

New UK net zero research centre launched

New UK net zero research centre launched

The first environment tech-led research centre has been launched in London.

The Octopus Centre for Net Zero (OCNZ), designed to create models and policy recommendations to meet the UK’s Net Zero 2050 goals, will combine energy tech data, economic analysis and behavioural insights to enable policymakers and businesses to make better decisions about sustainability and clean technologies.

The centre is wholly funded by UK energy firm Octopus Energy. UK Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:

“The UK is leading the world in the green industrial revolution, from being the first major economy to commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, to setting ambitious targets in the Prime Minister’s Ten-Point-Plan and our Energy White Paper.   

“As we build back greener, private sector and business investment is going to be vital in helping us hit our targets and I look forward to seeing how the tools developed by the Octopus Centre for Net Zero support our efforts to tackle climate change.”

Greg Jackson, CEO and founder of Octopus Energy, said: “Octopus is leading the tech-enabled green energy transition globally, and we have set up this centre of excellence to share what we’ve learned on our journey so far. We hope to be a trailblazer in this area and inspire other energy companies to follow suit.”