Research

Our research is rooted in engineering, but spans the disciplinary boundaries of our own subject and connects to all the other disciplines involved in bringing about a world in which we use less. As well as engineering, members of our team come from backgrounds in chemistry, economics, geography...

Industry

Our projects aim to support strategic change for our industrial partners. We are looking for opportunities to reduce the environmental impact or production, by adding more value to less material within industrial sectors.

Today’s system of production evolved assuming that energy was...

Policy

Our work is driven by the same principles of sustainability and reduction in emissions which drive environmental policy. As world leaders in research into the sustainable use of materials we provide evidence to inform and support the development of strategies for national and international...


The Use Less Group is based in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge and is led by Julian Allwood, Professor of Engineering and the Environment and Fellow of the Royal Society of Engineering. The group is pursuing world leading research into the sustainable use of materials, energy and resources.