Environment and energy

Climate change and environmental sustainability are fundamental policy and research priorities worldwide. The long term effects of human activities on intricate planetary systems have become public issues of much concern and debate. Policy makers are expected to balance pressures on land and natural resources with the preservation of ecosystems.

So, what shapes the mutual constitution of nature and society and how can these complex relationships be measured? An understanding of the interactions between society and the natural environment at all levels, local, regional, national and trans-national, is critical for the development of sustainable societies, and the UK Data Service provides access to data ranging from household energy use to global databanks on greenhouse gas emissions, conservation and the production and consumption of oil, gas and electricity worldwide. Explore our library of impact case studies demonstrating how our data have been used. Find out how to search our catalogue.