The report shows how NERC funding drives UK prosperity and wellbeing; reduces costs across the whole economy, benefits industry, government and charities; and has global reach, providing international leadership, influence, and market opportunities for the UK.
This is true across a range of sectors, including environmental services, water, energy, agri-food, construction, healthcare, and transport. Much of the evidence for this success comes from NERC-commissioned impact analyses by Deloitte.
NERC’s chief executive, Duncan Wingham, said: ‘One of the biggest challenges we face in the 21st century is how to escape poverty and improve our living standards while living within the Earth’s limits. NERC’s world-class environmental science has a huge part to play in this. We need to understand how the Earth works, and make sure that society benefits from natural resources, builds resilience to environmental hazards and manages environmental change.
‘Our latest impact report is further evidence of the value of NERC’s world-leading research in all of these areas to the wider UK economy. Our investment creates jobs, drives economic growth, increases productivity, and reduces costs across the whole country. From farming to energy, from infrastructure to healthcare, the influence of our scientific excellence is extremely broad.’
Some of the specific benefits of NERC investment include:
Helping to manage environmental change by undertaking long-term research into ozone loss and air pollution
Helping the UK benefit from natural resources by enabling growth in the energy industry through efficient regulation
Improving the UK’s resilience to environmental hazards by informing effective risk management