Tyndall Manchester has been a Tyndall core partner since the centre’s inception in 2000, during which time it has lead the research themes focusing on energy and climate change. Based in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering and with close affiliation to the Manchester Business School and the School of Environmental, Atmospheric and Earth Sciences, the Tyndall Manchester team includes scientists, social scientists, engineers and economists.
Tyndall Manchester analyses both the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and the adaptation to climate change impacts. The research programme currently comprises of 20 energy-related projects covering a range of topic areas including: emissions pathways work at a range of scales (e.g. Wales, UK, Russia and the EU), aviation policy, biomass and biofuels, carbon capture and storage, marine renewables, personal transport policy, freight, shipping, food supply chains, nuclear energy, personal carbon allowances, industrial heat, carbon trading and carbon labelling.
Within these areas the Centre conducts discrete engineering, scientific and social science research, and synthesises such work to provide an integrated system-level understanding of climate change. This combination of specialised and integrated research has contributed to Tyndall Manchester becoming a valuable resource to the business and policy communities, with Centre researchers regularly requested to contribute to high-level policy debates across all spatial scales, from local and regional through to national and global.
Over the next few years, the Tyndall Manchester research agenda will both continue to address mitigation outside of the EU as well as build on the innovative and highly influential carbon budgeting research. This work will be expanded in two ways, firstly by looking as new areas such as shipping and secondly by considering emissions accounting from a consumption, rather than production approach. At a more disciplinary level, the Centre will seek to strengthen its climate change modelling, life cycle assessment and economic analysis of both mitigation and adaptation.