About the Energy Programme

The Energy Programme's mission is to position the UK to meet its energy and environmental targets and policy goals through high quality research and postgraduate training.


  • to support a full spectrum of energy research to help the UK meet the objectives and targets set out in the 2007 Energy White Paper
  • to work in partnership to contribute to the research and postgraduate training needs of energy-related businesses and other key stakeholders
  • to increase the international visibility and level of international collaboration within the UK energy research portfolio
  • to expand UK research capacity in energy-related areas.

Working in partnership

The Energy Programme works closely with both public and private sector organisations. Major partnerships include:

  • We are the largest public funder of the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) – a public-private partnership of up to £1 billion to accelerate the deployment of new energy technologies
  • Working with the Living with Environmental Change Programme (LWEC) to ensure a whole systems response to climate change.

Current priorities

  • taking a whole systems approach to energy options, supply and usage
  • ensuring a rapid exploitation through collaboration with ETI
  • growing our portfolio in demand reduction and transport
  • focusing our postgraduate training through energy themes
  • continuing to support research in sustainable power generation and supply and alternative sources.

Priorities for the future

Securing energy supply

  • Fund world-class, speculative research to define future energy supply options, including nuclear fusion, hydrogen and renewables.

Low carbon innovation

Enhance understanding

  • Enhance understanding of the social, environmental and economic implications of future energy options such as the sustainability of Carbon Capture and Storage.

Reduce energy consumption

  • Help to reduce energy consumption and demand through the development of behavioural, governance, market and technological advances informed by a whole system understanding.

Generate new skills

  • Build capacity of skilled people to deliver new energy futures through training and development of new researchers, policy makers and business leaders.

Build international partnerships

  • Continue to build and sustain international links with key countries.