Academics from the Grantham Centre and the University of Sheffield will join world leaders in Marrakech for COP22.
Researchers from the Grantham Centre will share their expertise on food security and sustainable energy with leaders and delegates from across the world at the event. COP22 follows on from the historic COP last year when the Paris Agreement was signed.
Projections show that by 2050 the demand for food and energy will double and the need for clean water will increase by more than 50 per cent. The challenge to meet these demands is made more difficult due to a changing climate and a global population that is expected to reach 10 billion.
Last year’s COP led to an historic global deal to prevent global temperatures going more than 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. This year, COP22 will focus on action in order to achieve the priorities of the Paris Agreement, encouraging countries to commit to a low-carbon economy.
The University will host and participate in discussions on the global energy transition, food security and innovation with a range of international partners. The University’s Grantham Centre brings together a powerful collection of interdependent, multidisciplinary teams. Our research is breaking new ground in finding solutions to the grand challenges of climate change, food and energy security, water scarcity and environmental resilience.
The Centre was launched after the University was awarded £2.6 million from Jeremy Grantham – a world-renowned investment manager and co-founder, with his wife Hanne, of the Grantham Foundation. Through its innovative PhD programme the Grantham Centre is building a global community of sustainability leaders of tomorrow.
Professor Tony Ryan, Director of the Grantham Centre, said: “We live in a world where resources are being consumed faster than they are being put back.
“We have a growing population so more mouths to feed, and an economy to sustain with energy. At Sheffield we are optimistic about the development of a sustainable future. We relish challenges because they provide us with the opportunities to discover solutions.”
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