Big Ideas “Transition to a Sustainable Zero Pollution Economy” – Survey and Workshops

EPSRC’s Science, Engineering and Technology Board (SETB) have asked Imperial College London to develop a Big Ideas proposal ‘Transition to a Sustainable Zero Pollution Economy’ with the wider UK research community. We want to hear from a broad range of stakeholders on where you see the challenges in this area.

Our aim is for Transition to Zero Pollution to support the research and innovation needed to solve the issues presented by pollution, including CO2, capitalising on the UK’s international leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and extending this to the broader challenge of global environmental pollution.

We would like you to identify the key research challenge and up to two associated research, training or translation ‘needs’ for the transition to zero pollution so that the UK can achieve this in a fair, cost effective, resource efficient and timely way. The challenges identified should be areas that research, including training or test/demonstration activities, can address. The solutions developed by Transition to Zero Pollution should take a holistic view and avoid future unintended consequences and negative global impacts – accounting for impacts on society, health and the environment as a whole.

An analysis of the responses to this survey will inform three online workshops we are organising for summer 2020 and, together with the discussions at the workshops, will help to shape our proposal to EPSRC on future investment needs to accelerate the transition to zero pollution.

This survey will close for responses on 26 June 2020.


We are seeking input from a diverse range of stakeholders to understand the key research challenges for the UK to transition to a sustainable zero-pollution economy. Therefore we would appreciate you taking the time to complete the following short survey. Responses may come from whole organisations, departments or groups within organisations, or be personal responses. Please provide a contact for each response.

By completing the survey you are accepting that we can use the information you have supplied in the discussion at the workshops, and this information may be used to support the subsequent case for investment in this area. Therefore, please do not submit any sensitive information. The responses to the survey will be anonymised and collated for use at the workshop.

Transition to zero pollution survey questions [PDF].


Please complete the survey here.