Environmental Sustainability

Using evidence-based analysis to support decisionmakers working to ensure environmental sustainability and navigate the socio-economic implications of a changing climate.

Research, commentary, and events

  • Geirangerfjord in Norway, a Unesco World Heritage site, photo by MyWorld/Adobe Stock

    Project

    Tackling societal challenges and guiding the future of research and innovation in Norway

    09 Aug 2021

    Researchers identified 20 priority missions and 10 structural measures that could help the Research Council of Norway to develop a strong and resilient research and innovation environment in the strategic areas of oceans, green transition, health and welfare, cohesion and globalisation, and technology and digitalisation.

  • High speed train at the railway station at sunset, photo by den-belitsky/Adobe Stock

    Project

    Decarbonising UK transport

    15 Jul 2021

    A series of seven roadmaps for decarbonising domestic transport in the UK informed the UK Government’s 2021 Transport Decarbonisation Plan. These roadmaps address: cars and light goods vehicles; buses; coaches; heavy goods vehicles; rail; domestic shipping; and domestic aviation

  • Soldiers from the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers in flooded Staines-Upon-Thames, photo by Cpl Richard Cave LBPPA/Crown Copyright CC BY-NC 2.0

    Multimedia

    Crisis Response in a Changing Climate

    04 Jun 2021

    In this audio conversation, senior analyst Lucia Retter is joined by Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, the nonexecutive director for climate change and sustainability for UK Defence, to discuss a study on the implications of climate change for UK defence logistics in crisis response situations.

  • Plant growing out of a book, photo by beeboys/Adobe Stock

    Project

    Assessing the consistency of UK climate risk approaches with new ISO guidelines

    28 May 2021

    Research for the UK Climate Resilience Programme aims to help organisations in the UK determine which guidance documents are most appropriate for their purposes and whether existing documents might be updated to reduce inconsistencies with ISO guidelines and strengthen weaknesses.

  • Hands holding seedlings, implying modern sustainable agriculture, photo by Worawut/Adobe Stock

    Project

    Developing future scenarios for the sustainable use of pesticides

    12 May 2021

    To help the EU formulate an appropriate policy trajectory to accomplish its ambitious pesticide reduction targets, researchers are conducting a foresight study for the sustainable use of pesticides in relation to promoting sustainable food systems and protecting health and the environment.

  • Reservists from 7 Battalion, The Rifles Reinforcing a Dam During Flooding, photo by Cpl Richard Cave LBPPA/Defence Images

    Project

    Crisis response in a changing climate

    04 May 2021

    Researchers identified climate change challenges likely to emerge and propose five concrete policy actions that the UK Ministry of Defence could take to mitigate the impact of climate change on crisis response situations.

  • Electric vehicle at charging station, photo by scharfsinn86 J&K/Adobe Stock

    Project

    Identifying patterns and factors affecting adoption of electric vehicles across the UK

    01 Mar 2021

    Researchers examined patterns of electric vehicles adoption across the country to help locate areas where investment in electric repair and servicing skills is needed.

  • Woman shopping for organic produce in delicatessen, photo by Monkey Business Images/Adobe Stock

    Project

    Consumer behaviours and attitudes to food in the UK

    26 Jun 2020

    The way people buy food is changing, and the sales of ethical and sustainable produce have increased. Eating food from outside the home is increasingly common, and what people consume still falls short of dietary guidelines. The reasons vary, and several policy levers may exist to influence people's food choices.

  • A Merlin helicopter comes in to drop off a Remover 3.1 mast during a snowy morning whilst on a helicopter flight trial at JADTEU, RAF Brize Norton, photo by 1st SAC David Turnbull/Royal Air Force Open Government License

    Project

    Implications of climate change for UK defence and security

    17 Jun 2020

    Looking to 2035, the Ministry of Defence could play a key role in developing robust policy and programming on climate change. Researchers identified six high-level recommendations to support the MOD in developing an approach to address climate-related issues.

  • Senior scientist observes new breed of cress sprouts optimized for consumption in greenhouse

    Project

    Using foresight to examine the global food system

    18 Nov 2019

    Based on a series of foresight exercises for the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA), researchers developed a global food systems map, a map of systemic interdependencies, and a framework for future action to help the FSA achieve its goals.

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    Project

    Technology's potential to tackle climate change in global agri-food systems

    06 Nov 2019

    A pilot study identified trends, opportunities and constraints in the use of emerging technologies to address climate-related challenges within the agri-food system. The findings will help to inform and test the potential for future research on the topic.

  • Moorland near Daliburgh in South Uist, The Outer Hebrides

    Project

    Agricultural ammonia emissions carry steep costs

    17 Sep 2018

    Ammonia emissions in the UK have been rising since 2013, largely due to agricultural waste and fertiliser runoff. By 2020 the impacts on biodiversity, ecosystems, and human health may total over £700 million per year.

  • Berlin by night

    Project

    Mapping Smart Cities in the EU

    25 Mar 2014

    The European Parliament asked RAND Europe to provide background information and advice to their members on the role of Smart Cities initiatives and to explain how existing mechanisms perform. The researchers established a working definition of a Smart City and mapped the cities fitting this definition across the member states.