Addressing the climate crisis

The role of neutron science in securing a sustainable future


Climate change is one of the greatest environmental crises the world has ever faced. With global temperatures on the rise, extreme weather and climate-related events are becoming increasingly frequent and intense, placing lives and livelihoods at risk.

Technology and innovation will be key in mitigating, as well as adapting to the impacts caused by climate change. Key areas of development include ‘green’ energy and energy efficiency, climate-smart agriculture, sustainable infrastructure, and carbon capture, utilisation and storage. Certainly, climate change is a vast and complex challenge that requires a multifaceted approach, harnessing the tools, expertise and efforts across the scientific disciplines.

Neutron scattering is a powerful and versatile technique that can be used to study structure and dynamics over a range of timescales and in a vast range of materials. Already, the capabilities of the neutron probe have enabled important progress in climate, energy and environment research.

In the context of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), LENS has compiled a variety of resources demonstrating how neutron scattering methods are being applied in energy, materials, and environment research, to help reduce our impact on the global climate.

Discover some of the research undertaken at European neutron facilities in areas relevant to climate change, including battery development and clean energy.

Find out how neutron techniques are being applied in energy, materials, and environment research to help mitigate climate change.

Browse a collection of videos, articles and other resources from European neutron facilities related to the topic of climate change.

Batteries technologies will be key in meeting climate targets. Check out this simple hands-on experiment to make a battery using lemons.