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Reference Number EP/X011062/1
Title AgriFood4NetZero: Plausible Pathways, Practical and Open Science for Net Zero Agrifood
Status Started
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy system analysis) 20%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy) 5%;
Energy Efficiency(Industry) 50%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 50%;
Other (Energy technology information dissemination) 50%;
Principal Investigator Dr RA Sanderson Bellamy

Applied Sciences
University of the West of England
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 July 2022
End Date 31 December 2025
Duration 42 months
Total Grant Value £3,897,947
Industrial Sectors Energy; Environment; Food and Drink
Region South West
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr RA Sanderson Bellamy , Applied Sciences, University of the West of England (99.990%)
  Other Investigator Professor N Ward , Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia (0.001%)
Professor ND Scollan , Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast (0.001%)
Professor P Smith , Inst of Biological and Environmental Sci, University of Aberdeen (0.001%)
Professor CA Watson , Research, SRUC (0.001%)
Professor S Bridle , Environment, University of York (0.001%)
Professor LJ Frewer , Sch of Natural Sciences & Env Sciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor S Pearson , Lincoln Inst for Agri-Food Technology, University of Lincoln (0.001%)
Professor D Charalampopoulos , Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading (0.001%)
Professor TG Benton , Sch of Biology, University of Leeds (0.001%)
Professor T MacMillan , Sch of Agriculture, Food and the Environ, (0.001%)
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Abstract The agri-food system, producing 23% of UK emissions, must play a key role in the UK's transition to net zero by 2050, and through leadership in innovation can support change globally. Our Network+ will build on existing and new partnerships across research and stakeholder communities to develop a shared agenda, robust research plans, and scope out future research and innovation. The Network will design and deliver high-reward feasibility projects to help catalyse rapid system transformation to ensure the agri-food system is sustainable and supports the UK's net zero goal, while enhancing biodiversity, maintaining ecosystem services, fostering livelihoods and supporting healthy consumption, and minimising the offshoring of environmental impacts overseas through trade. The radical scale of the net zero challenge requires an equally bold and ambitious approach to research and innovation, not least because of the agri-food and land system's unique potential as a carbon sink. Our title, Plausible Pathways, Practical and Open Science, recognises the agri-food system as a contested area in which a range of pathways are plausible. Success requires that new relationships between natural and social science, stakeholders including industry, government and citizens, be forged in which distributed expertise is actively harnessed to support sectoral transformation.We will use our breadth of expertise from basic research to application, policy and engagement to co-produce a trusted, well-evidenced, and practical set of routes, robust to changing future market, policy and social drivers, to evolve the agri-food system towards net zero and sustainability. Marshalling our many existing stakeholder links, we will review and evaluate current options and use Network funding to catalyse new partnerships through retreats, crucibles, workshops, online digital networking and scoping studies to develop system approaches to transformation, reframe the research agenda and undertake novel research projects. We will co-design productive and creative spaces that enable the research community to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and thought leaders through the following framework: 7 Co-Is who govern the Network but are not themselves eligible for funding; 9 Year-1 Champions (with new appointments after Year 1) dynamically forging new connections across research communities; 11 Advisory Board members tasked with challenging business-as-usual thinking; and regular liaison with other stakeholders.
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Added to Database 14/07/22