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Taking action on climate change

Discover how we're working to tackle climate change through our research, innovation and teaching

The future of our planet and the place we call home is at stake. We're facing catastrophic change to our climate and environment if we don’t reverse the damage we've inflicted on the Earth.

The success of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) is crucial in creating the ambitious action we need to prevent global temperatures rising above 1.5C and to protect our planet and people from the intensifying impact of climate change.

Through our teaching and Sustainability and the Environment research, we're pioneering ways of addressing the climate crisis. Our research is informing global policy to help mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. We're developing low carbon technologies and green infrastructure. And examining the impact of plastics and pharmaceuticals so we can support the restoration of ecological systems and biodiversity.

Sustainability is also an integral part of our strategy – we aim to become climate positive by 2030.

Plastics worsen climate change

The impacts of plastic pollution are well known. But plastic contributes to another, less visible, environmental problem — climate change. Find out how our Revolution Plastics initiative is taking action.

 

  • By 2050, it is estimated that the plastics industry will consume 20% of total oil production, and 15% of the annual carbon budget.
  • Plastic pollution reduces the resilience of communities and the natural world to cope with climate change.
  • Plastic pollution is making the impact of climate change worse.

Revolution Plastics

From developing sustainable fashion to combatting microplastics, we’re putting our research into practice, working with local groups, organisations, businesses and individuals to solve the planet's plastic problem.

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Research centres

These research centres bring together expertise and resources from across the University to tackle climate change and other pressing environmental issues.

Centre for Blue Governance

Aquatic environments cover more than 70% of the earth's surface – find out how our Centre for Blue Governance is securing the future of the planet's marine and freshwaters

Fisherman in Fort Dauphin, Madagascar
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Centre for Applied Geosciences

At the Centre for Applied Geosciences at the University of Portsmouth, we investigate natural and manmade hazards and geo-heritage conservation. Find out more

Clear water river with trees and mountains in background
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Centre for Enzyme Innovation

At the Centre for Enzyme Innovation, we're researching solutions to some of the most pressing global environmental problems.

Learning from the natural world, we are working to deliver transformative enzyme-enabled solutions for the circular recycling of plastics.

petri dish from centre for enzyme research
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Research features

We create world-leading research of the highest quality that has local, national and global impact. Explore some of our climate change research features below.

Using maths to help tackle climate change

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Showing how a low carbon economy can flourish

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From rags to environmental riches

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Driving us closer to greener transport

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Britain's burning question

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Control systems are integrating renewable energy with the power grid

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Current and recent research projects

  • MaCoBioS

    The Marine Coastal Ecosystems Biodiversity and Services in a Changing World project's chief objective is to ensure the efficient and integrated management and conservation strategies to help the most-important marine coastal ecosystems to face climate change.

  • PO1 Sustainable Fashion and Textiles

    The PO1 research project aims to create a sustainable fashion system that minimises waste and benefits our students, the environment and the local economy.

  • Solarise

    The objective of the SOLARISE project is to facilitate the deployment and adoption of solar electricity/heat generation in the 2 Seas region.

  • PlastiCity

    The PlastiCity project will carry out a study on the compositions and quantities of industrial and commercial plastic waste in the urban environment, and to develop strategies and solutions that can increase recycling in urban environments from 20–30% to over 50%.

Sustainability at Portsmouth

The future of our planet is in everyone's hands and we're doing all we can to help. We're aiming for sustainability across all our activities and working towards a low-carbon future. We're continually improving our sustainability practices to minimise our impact on the environment.

News, events, and blogs

Find our more about our latest sustainability research successes, our upcoming climate change events, and read blogs by our academics.

News

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University of Portsmouth professor to speak in House of Commons

28 November 2022

University of Portsmouth professor to speak in House of Commons

New investigation reveals traditional roast dinner contains 230,000 microplastics

28 November 2022

New investigation reveals traditional roast dinner contains 230,000 microplastics

Helping consumers avoid the Ts and Cs trap.

25 November 2022

Helping consumers avoid the Ts and Cs trap.

Research shows crowds hold the cards in referees’ decisions

25 November 2022

Research shows crowds hold the cards in referees’ decisions

University awarded for work to support estranged students

23 November 2022

University awarded for work to support estranged students

Blogs

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Restoring consumer confidence in sustainable brands

Restoring consumer confidence in sustainable brands

Voter suppression: how democracies around the world are using new rules to make it harder to vote

Dafydd Townley

Voter suppression: how democracies around the world are using new rules to make it harder to vote

Curious Kids: how many galaxies are there in the universe?

Nicolas Bonne

Curious Kids: how many galaxies are there in the universe?

I wanted to be able to support myself and be independent

I wanted to be able to support myself and be independent

Go at your own pace and remember who you are here for

Go at your own pace and remember who you are here for

Life Solved

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Railway Safety Back On Track ft. Dr Mike Esbester

Railway Safety Back On Track ft. Dr Mike Esbester

Using Extreme Environments To Tackle The Obesity Crisis ft. Dr Ant Shepherd

Using Extreme Environments To Tackle The Obesity Crisis ft. Dr Ant Shepherd

Exploring Shipwrecks in UK Waters ft. Dr Ann Coats

Exploring Shipwrecks in UK Waters ft. Dr Ann Coats

Is Information the Fifth Form of Matter? Ft. Dr Melvin Vopson

Is Information the Fifth Form of Matter? Ft. Dr Melvin Vopson

Smart textile design for women’s bodies ft. Dr Jenny Burbage

Smart textile design for women’s bodies ft. Dr Jenny Burbage