New research network co-led by UWE Bristol to help agri-food industry reach net zero

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Adapted from this news release.

Dr Angelina Sanderson Bellamy, Associate Professor of Food Systems at UWE Bristol, is co-leading a network of researchers that has been funded to explore effective ways to support the industry to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and improve its environmental sustainability.

Angelina is working with Professor Tim Benton of the University of Leeds; Professor Sarah Bridle of the University of York; and Professor Neil Ward of the University of East Anglia to drive the network and bring together researchers, industry leaders, government and members of the public.

Almost a quarter of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to the agri-food industry, according to the latest research. This provides the industry that is contributing to the problem, a chance to be part of the solution.

Dr Angelina Sanderson Bellamy said:

“This is a hugely important and exciting initiative, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to build a network to move the agrifood system towards net zero.

We are really pleased to have been able to bring together such an extensive network team around a shared vision and plan of action. The 2020s is the decade of action. The three-year period of this project will be absolutely critical for the decade and jump-starting coordinated research and action.”

The network is being funded by UK Research and Innovation and four of its research councils: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC); Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

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