Accelerating the transition to a just, resilient, low-carbon future

The University of Waterloo Climate Institute brings together scientists and students to elevate and enhance the impact and excellence of innovative interdisciplinary research and education that empowers business, government and civil society to respond effectively to the climate crisis.

University of Waterloo’s unique combination of strengths and depth of expertise allows us to deal head-on with the complexity and interconnectedness of social, political and technological dimensions of the climate crisis.

Our expertise and focus

Our three core areas of research and innovation are developed through lenses of equity, justice, governance, and innovation to create truly impactful solutions for this existential global challenge. 


Yimin Wu, Waterloo Climate Institute member, is the Tang Family Chair in New Energy Materials and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. His latest research has found a way to capture carbon and turn it into sustainable, clean fuel at a lower cost than previous methods. He says being more economically viable will make the technology more attractive to industry.