The world has a goal to reach net zero emissions. Our platform, informed by leading climate researchers, brings together principles and policies, practical tools, and progress tracking to help businesses and policymakers achieve that goal.

Principles & Policies

PrACTICAL TOOLS

PROGRESS TRACKING

How to set a net zero target

As net zero targets are being set, questions arise about how current net zero targets align. We present criteria based on a summary of current practices, identifying areas of convergence and divergence.

tools for setting and achieving a net zero target

Browse our library of the most relevant tools helping institutions of all kinds set and achieve their net zero targets.

GLOBAL NET ZERO STOCKTAKE

For an understanding of progress to net zero, read the first systematic review of net zero commitments by countries, sub-national governments, and major corporations around the globe. 

The world has a goal to reach net zero emissions.

Our platform brings together principles and policies, practical tools, and progress tracking to help achieve that goal.

PRINCIPLES & POLICIES

How to set a net zero target

As net zero targets are being set, questions arise about how current net zero targets align. We present criteria based on a summary of current practices, identifying areas of convergence and divergence.

Practical Tools

tools for setting and achieving a net zero target

Browse our library of the most relevant tools helping institutions of all kinds set and achieve their net zero targets.

PROGRESS TRACKING

Global Net Zero Stocktake

For an understanding of progress to net zero, read the first systematic review of net zero commitments by countries, sub-national governments, and major corporations around the globe. 

Greenhouse gas removal for a net zero world

There are various types of Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) technologies which recapture already emitted greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and ocean.

Nature-Based Solutions for a net zero world

Nature-based Solutions (NbS) involve working with and enhancing nature to achieve multiple benefits for people, including removing CO2 from the air, and aiding adaptation  to climate change.

Equity and Inclusion for a net zero world

Pathways to achieving global net zero emissions must be framed by questions of equity and justice. A just transition to a net zero future needs to be inclusive not just of a range of actors, and their priorities, but also of a range of views, including in particular those relating to moral and ethical arguments on climate justice.

GREEN Recovery FROM COVID-19 for a net zero world

A green recovery from COVID-19 could accelerate GDP growth in the immediate future, establish new industries and jobs for the coming decade, and deliver a sustainable climate for the next century. 

News and Events

Coldplay to use Oxford Offsetting Principles for unavoidable tour emissions
Coldplay to use Oxford Offsetting Principles for unavoidable tour emissions

Global British band Coldplay have pledged to drawdown any unavoidable emissions of their upcoming tour according to the Oxford Principles for Net-Zero Aligned Carbon Offsetting. Coldplay said: “We pledge to make our upcoming Music Of The ... Read more

UK Net Zero Strategy: Oxford Net Zero academics respond
UK Net Zero Strategy: Oxford Net Zero academics respond

The government has today (19 October) released its Net Zero Strategy, setting out policies and proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy to meet the UK’s net zero target by 2050. Our academic experts at Oxford Net Zero have been ... Read more

CO2 removal is essential to achieving net zero
CO2 removal is essential to achieving net zero

By Dr Steve Smith, originally published by University of Oxford news on 23 September 2021. Photo: Climeworks. The Orca plant in Iceland. Dr Steve Smith is executive director of the Oxford Net Zero Initiative and the CO2RE hub, which is focussed ... Read more

Oxford Net Zero to Co-host a Climate Neutrality Forum: Register Your Interest
Oxford Net Zero to Co-host a Climate Neutrality Forum: Register Your Interest

Bringing together leading researchers, policymakers and practitioners working on achieving climate neutrality, the meeting will take place simultaneously at four hubs – Berlin, Milan, Brussels and Oxford – linked together to create a blended ... Read more

Getting net zero right, a tool kit.
Getting net zero right, a tool kit.

The term ‘net zero’ and the practical application of the frame for individual entities has been subject to fierce debate and contention in the last weeks and months. The science is clear that we must get our world to a state of net ... Read more

Climate change: what G7 leaders could have said – but didn’t
Climate change: what G7 leaders could have said – but didn’t

By Myles Allen. Originally published on The Conversation, 15 June 2021. Featured image: /Getty The four-day G7 summit in Cornwall ended with little cause for celebration from anyone worried about climate change. Most of the pledges that emerged ... Read more

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Carbon Take Back Obligation. Stop fossil fuels causing global warming within a generation. Requires extractors and importers of fossil fuels, to dispose a rising fraction of the CO2 generated by the products they sell, rising to 100% at Net Zero year
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joule.2021.10.012

The @FT reports that the UK's emission trading scheme plans to adopt credits for direct air capture.

@EliMLarson, ONZ researcher said: “Allowing removals into this scheme could be an exciting step, provided those removals are ultra-high quality."

https://www.ft.com/content/69c5e964-a91a-42b8-818d-6a5d9b21b6cd

🚨How much does it cost to stop fossil fuels causing global warming? We show how a Carbon Takeback Obligation provides a cost-effective pathway to Net-Zero, with simple regulation to stop fossil fuels contributing to global warming @Joule_CP @OxfordNetZero https://www.cell.com/joule/fulltext/S2542-4351(21)00489-X

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