Welcome

The University of Liverpool Zero Carbon Research Institute (ZCRI) is a research and consultancy group led by our founder and director Dr Stephen Finnegan and supported by industry sponsored PhD researchers. Its goal is to assist in deciphering the complex carbon landscape and designing strategies to help business achieve the UK Governments plan to become Net Zero Carbon (NZC) by 2050.

Did you know that in addition to NZC, there is GHG reporting, Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR), Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS), Taskforce on Climate Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD 2025), the new UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UKETS) plus much more.

Our work involves assistance with “carbon literacy”, the design of NZC strategies, the calculation of the “embodied” and “operational” carbon impact of products and buildings and the publication of our findings. Click on the menu in the top right to find out more.

Latest News and Articles

Dr Stephen Finnegan has been appointed as a consultat Net Zero Carbon (NZC) Director for KFC UK&I, supporting them in the transition to becoming one of the worlds leading zero carbon Quick Service Restaurants by 2050. Our work involves the strategic positioning of NZC within the business; mapping of Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions; restaurant energy and carbon modelling; the assessment of energy purchasing and PPAs; collaboration with franchisees, ensuring commitment to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) commitments and ultimately an SBTi submission.

Liverpool City Council have recently stated that they aim to be Net Zero Carbon by 2030. Following a meeting with the Chief Executive, Dr Stephen Finnegan, has been appointed as the councils NZC Strategic Advisor. He will be working on a large number of strategic projects to ensure the council can achieve this goal in the built environment.

Dr Stephen Finnegan has joined Dynamis Associates as a Non Executive Director. The company provides renewable energy technology and an innovative Energy as a Service (EaaS) platform to enable home owners to pay considerably less for their energy whilst helping to achieve Net Zero Carbon (NZC).

Dr Stephen Finnegan was recently invited to join an expert panel with Sheppard Robson, The Learning Crowd and Skelly and Couch in a Q&A session to discuss Net Zero Carbon Design & Sustainable Architecture. Click here to find out more and download the video of the sessiin

Dr Stephen Finnegan has been nominated as Carbon Expert of the Month for November 2020 by OneClickLCA. Read the full article by clicking here

Working with Dragonipanel we have completed the first study of its type that considers the real world impact of a MgO Structurally Insulated Panel (SIPs) Net Zero Carbon (NZC) home. Click on this storyboard to find out more.

Richard Twinn (UKGBC) Senior Policy Manager, Jo Holden (Peel) Head of Sustainability and I have released a video on the Net Zero Carbon Transition to 2050 for World Green Building week.

Dr Finnegan has assessed the Whole Life Carbon impact of the Everyman Theatre and considering how they can achieve Net Zero Carbon (NZC) status. A recent news feature provides more details this storyboard provides a full explanation of the work. The study will be published in a journal, with further details released in due course.

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