About Us – Oxford Net Zero

Oxford Net Zero is an interdisciplinary research initiative based in the University of Oxford’s fifteen years of research on climate neutrality.  Our research fellows recruited from partner institutions from around the world are working to track progress, align standards and inform effective solutions in climate science, law, policy, economics, clean energy, transport, land and food systems and greenhouse gas removal and storage.  

Our aim is to address the issue of how we limit the cumulative net total CO2 in the atmosphere, in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, while acknowledging that it is now inevitable that more CO2 will be generated from energy, industry and land-use change than our goals allow.

Our mission is to inform effective and ambitious climate action among those setting net zero targets in institutions and governments across the globe. Oxford coordinates with other academic institutions and research hubs around the world to undertake a series of engagement exercises with publics and with key stakeholders in policy, industry and civil society/ climate action circles. We are engaging net zero committers through principles and policies, practical tools, and progress tracking. 

Read our six month impact review here

 

Our academics

Our research is by directed by leading academics:

PROF MYLES ALLEN

LEADER, CLIMATE RESEARCH PROGRAMME

Sam Fankhauser

RESEARCH DIRECTOR, OXFORD NET ZERO

DR RADHIKA KHOSLA

DIRECTOR, OXFORD INDIA CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 

PROF CAMERON HEPBURN

DIRECTOR, ECONOMICS OF SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMME

PROF NATHALIE SEDDON

DIRECTOR, NATURE BASED-SOLUTIONS INITIATIVE

PROF MIKE KENDALL

CHAIR OF GEOPHYSICS, OXFORD EARTH SCIENCES

 

Dr Stephen Smith

OXFORD NET ZERO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

PROF MICHAEL OBERSTEINER

DIRECTOR, ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE INSTITUTE

 

Prof Lavanya Rajamani

OXFORD INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

 

PROF THOM WETZER

OXFORD LAW AND FINANCE 

PROF JAVIER LEZAUN

DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR SCIENCE, INNOVATION AND SOCIETY

Prof TOM HALE

OXFORD GLOBAL PUBLIC POLICY

 

PROF ROS RICKABY

OXFORD EARTH SCIENCES

Charmian Love

CO-FOUNDER & CHAIR AT B LAB UK

ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE, SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL

Our tools and Engagement Team

Our Tools and Engagement team help socialise our research and solutions across business and policy networks.

 

Kaya Axelsson

POLICY ENGAGEMENT FELLOW | TEAM LEAD

Tristram Walsh

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE | PRODUCT MANAGEMENT & STRATEGY LEAD

Christian Schroeder de Witt

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE | BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT & PRODUCT LEAD

Benedict Fellows

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Emily Kibbe

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

This platform also benefits from support from Climate Works and the UKRI, the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (the 4C and Negem projects), and the University of Oxford’s Strategic Research Fund (SRF).

News and Events

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

Carbon dioxide lasts for centuries – so should carbon offsets
Carbon dioxide lasts for centuries – so should carbon offsets

By Tim Kruger. Originally published on The Conversation, 4 June 2021. Featured image: Christian Roberts-Olsen/Shutterstock Carbon dioxide, once emitted into the atmosphere, stays there for hundreds of years. When someone uses an offset to ... Read more

Professor Myles Allen on BBC Radio on taking the ‘net’ in net zero seriously
Professor Myles Allen on BBC Radio on taking the ‘net’ in net zero seriously

Myles Allen argues it is irresponsible not to take the “net” in “net zero” seriously, because we need to stop climate change before the world stops using fossil fuels. Offsetting emissions with forestry or other nature-based solutions can help, ... Read more

The Race to Zero strengthens and clarifies campaign criteria with support of Oxford Net Zero
The Race to Zero strengthens and clarifies campaign criteria with support of Oxford Net Zero

Originally posted on the Race to Zero site by climate champions | APRIL 29, 2021 As net zero commitments proliferate, the refined criteria outline the minimum standard for initiatives of businesses, investors, cities, regions and universities ... Read more

Developing countries need to chart their own course to net zero emissions
Developing countries need to chart their own course to net zero emissions

By Navroz K. Dubash, Harald Winkler, and Lavanya Rajamani. Originally published on The Conversation, 5 May 2021. Translating complex climate science into language people understand has always been difficult. At various times, the aim of ... 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 three hubs – Berlin, Milan and Oxford – linked together to create a blended event that ... Read more

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How can we best communicate climate change to children?
Tonight @ 7pm (BST) our #Oxfordalumni panel including @stv_smth @OxfordNetZero and @janiceillao will discuss the best ways to turn scientific research into child-friendly reading.
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The #ClimateCrisis is reshaping our world, yet how often do you hear about it?

26,000 Climate Conversations is a #ClimateAction campaign with a simple goal: 26K #ClimateChats by Nov. 1—Day 1 of @COP26.

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