Whole systems and technology-agnostic evidence, insights and action to tackle the hardest challenges on the way to Net Zero

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World class, whole systems thinking helping government accelerate to Net Zero

Innovation is crucial to transforming the energy system to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions and to help clean companies flourish . Yet many UK innovators face systemic barriers preventing products, services and business models getting to market at scale.

Energy Systems Catapult takes a whole system approach to Net Zero, combining a deep understanding of the technical, commercial, and policy worlds, informed by cutting-edge modelling and evidence-based analysis to help decision-makers make the right investment choices.

We work with governments and regulators, academia, industry and innovators – doing the hard stuff others won’t do.

Applying world class systems thinking to deliver the evidence and action plans needed by Government to achieve Net Zero by 2050.


Creating markets for zero carbon innovations

Combining whole system modelling and systems engineering, to deliver evidence and insights on the pathways to Net Zero across the physical, digital and market systems at a household, local and national level.

Designing and testing policy and regulations

Applying evidence and insights to help develop new policy and regulations that drive the creation of markets for zero carbon innovations before testing in the real world.

Net Zero Action Plans

Working with Government Departments to create practical net zero action plans to decarbonise the public sector estate.

What we offer

Energy Systems Catapult takes a whole systems approach to removing barriers and creating new markets for innovations to drive the UK economy to Net Zero.

Whole Systems Modelling

Modelling the complex interactions between the physical, digital and market systems, across power, gas, heat, and transport, from generation to consumers and at the level of household, local area and nationally.

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Systems Engineering

Helping Government apply world-leading systems thinking to ensure systematic delivery of Net Zero policies across departments and within taskforces.

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Decarbonising the Public Sector Estate

Working across Government to deliver a blueprint that provides systematic, repeatable and scalable approaches to decarbonising the public sector estate.

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Markets, Policy and Regulation

Combining expertise of technology, economics, and energy policy design, informed by modelling and evidence-based analysis.

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Integrating the Transport and Energy Systems

Whole systems approaches to integration of transport in future energy systems, focusing on technical innovations, consumer perspectives, market and policy frameworks, and new generation technologies.

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Supporting Innovators to Commercialise

Supports SMEs in overcoming barriers to developing and commercialising innovative energy products and services that turn innovators into entrepreneurs so Britain is at the forefront of the global green recovery.

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Delivering Large Scale Innovation Trials

Delivering large scale innovation trials to demonstrate the feasibility and overcome barriers to the deployment of low carbon innovations at scale.

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Harnessing Digital and Data

Developing digital strategies for the future energy system to benefit consumers, reduce system costs and facilitate the transition to Net Zero

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National Net Zero Toolkit

Whole systems models, tools and labs to help governments, industry and innovators navigate to Net Zero.

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How to work with us

Energy Systems Catapult offers technical, commercial and policy expertise to drive Net Zero innovation across the whole energy system.

We are not-for-profit, independent and technology-agnostic – building a trusted track record of delivering thought leadership, collaborative R&D and commercial commissions – so are uniquely placed to take on the challenges that others cannot tackle.

We use our grant-funding to develop capabilities, tools and labs – from world-class Net Zero modelling and cutting-edge systems engineering, through to digital and data science and real-world innovation trials that drive start-ups to success.

Supporting, convening and advising government, academia, industry, local/regional authorities, investors and SMEs to create new markets that unleash innovation and define the pathway to Net Zero.

Collaborate with us

We work with partners from the public and private sectors to secure funding and collectively deliver the thought leadership and innovation projects that tackle the hardest challenges in the way to Net Zero.

Commission us

We offer technical, commercial and policy expertise through our independent evidence and insights to identify and deliver Net Zero innovation priorities. Then actively support clients to develop actionable plans for implementation.

Case Studies

Commission us

Modern Energy Partners (MEP) was a two-year, £20million innovation pilot exploring how to decarbonise complex campus-style sites across the public sector estate to help Government reduce carbon emission by 50% by 2032.

The project was a collaborative cross-departmental programme, coordinated and delivered by Energy Systems Catapult and funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Cabinet Office, with additional match funding from pathfinder sites.

MEP investigated a test bed of 42 sites responsible for over 4 million tCO2e carbon emissions – equating to 3.2% of Ministry of Defence (MOD), 13% of Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and 3.5% of NHS sites, including three pathfinder sites:

  • HM Sheppey Prison Cluster
  • HMS Collingwood – Royal Navy base
  • NHS Goole and District Hospital

MEP developed systematic, repeatable and scalable approaches to decarbonising sites. Firstly, the rapid deployment of data gathering technologies and techniques to appraise the net zero potential of sites – including installating telemetry across 23 sites.

Secondly, a range of tools and templates allowing sites to develop decarbonisation plans – including plans for 24 sites to reduce emissions on average by 70% by 2032. Thirdly, MEP carried out initial carbon reduction works at the three pathfinder sites – including installing 21,515 LEDs light bulbs and smart Building Management Systems that now control 176,990 m2 of buildings.

Commission us

Delivering world class whole systems modelling and then applies it to develop new policies and regulations to create new markets that are tested in the real world.

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Collaborate with us

Helping government departments create practical Net Zero actions plans based on leading whole systems engineering and innovation.

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