Our research is rooted in impact. Because of this, we not only publish papers, but also have a wide range of reports, comments, letters and multimedia.

Read more at: Absolute Zero

Absolute Zero

Read our groundbreaking report on mapping the road to a zero emissions society, Absolute Zero , which was debated in the House of Lords in February 2020.

Read more at: Green paper response: Industrial Metamorphosis

Green paper response: Industrial Metamorphosis

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Read more at: A Study of Regretted Purchases in the UK

A Study of Regretted Purchases in the UK

A new paper from the Use Less Group paper presents findings from a nationally representative household survey on the tendency to regret purchases across 20 product groups. The survey reveals that the vast majority of adults in Great Britain (82%) have regretted a purchase in the past. Post-purchase regret is shown to be...

Read more at: WholeSEM releases report on bioenergy

WholeSEM releases report on bioenergy

The wholeSEM project has released a new report: Modelling energy systems - How much bioenergy feedstock can be grown sustainably in the UK? The report is the outcome of a workshop held at the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge on 30 September - 01 October 2014. The workshop brought together 40...

Read more at: A bright future for UK steel

A bright future for UK steel

Professor Julian Allwood, Head of the Use Less Group, argues that British steel could be saved, if the industry is willing to transform itself.


The Use Less Group publishes papers across our themes and projects. The diversity of our work is well represented, with topics ranging for example from novel metal forming processes through strategies for material reuse to mapping energy flows with an eye to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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Our book

One of Bill Gates six top books for 2015, Sustainable Materials with Both Eyes Open by Julian Allwood, Dr Jonathan Cullen and colleagues presents an optimistic, entertaining and richly informed evaluation of the sustainable management of our growing demand for materials.

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We are increasingly using video to create a living record of our work. Over time we aim to build up a library showing the full range of the exciting and innovative projects carried out by the group.



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