Engagement Team

Our team operates at the intersection of research and stakeholder engagement, working collaboratively and positively with business, government and civil society to address the complex challenges of achieving net zero emissions and promoting sustainable development. 

Guided by our translational research initiative, we provide an integrated, dispassionate perspective on the scientific, ecological, economic, and social challenges related to achieving net zero emissions. This approach is achieved through engagement with business leaders, civil society representatives, and policymakers at local, regional, national and international levels. By actively involving these stakeholders, we ensure that Oxford Net Zero’s research and practice is informed by real-world needs and considerations, facilitating the development of policy and business solutions.

We work with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure that the Oxford Net Zero research insights reach practitioners and that our research is informed by stakeholders.  

Policy

Our team works to track net zero policy instruments at the national level, and works with international coalitions to close gaps in the global net zero accountability and integrity landscape.

Stocktake of policies and regulations

We took stock of key net zero policy and regulatory instruments in the G20 to allow us to support coalition efforts and accelerate the expansion of critical action for the implementation of NDCs.

Net Zero Accountability

Our team lead, Kaya Axelsson, has been appointed Co-Chair of the International Climate Politics Working Group on Net Zero Accountability and chairs coordination meetings with over forty NGO advocacy organisations developing advocacy positions and efforts to advance net zero policy and close gaps in the international net zero accountability ecosystem.

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Standards

Our team has played a leading role and many supporting roles supporting the development of the latest net zero and net zero relevant standards. Our aim is to support standards in aligning with one another, reduce fragmentation, and maintain a strong reference to the science of net zero. Our research also identifies areas of convergence and fragmentation across the standards and voluntary initiatives landscape.

Direct Contributions

Our team lead, Kaya Axelsson, led technical authorship for the International Standard Organisation’s Net Zero Guidelines used by actors ranging from corporates to government departments.

Expert Consultation and Advice

Our team regularly contributes to consultation processes to inform the latest standards, including VCMI, GHGP, SBTi, and ISO and sector standards.

Private Sector Engagement

Our team works with sustainable business networks to convene private sector partners for precompetitive collaboration on net zero alignment in the real economy. Our private sector collaborations include: 

Net Zero Assessment Tool

Net zero self-assessment tool for businesses seeking to test their alignment with the latest net zero guidance. This Readiness Check is hosted by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and includes a 42-question checklist for companies. This is currently being rolled out to 200+ companies (WBCSD’s membership). https://www.theclimatedrive.org/net-zero-readiness-check

Defining Net Zero for Professional Services

Our Net Zero Integrity Manager, Alexis McGivern, is Co-Chair of the Race to Zero Working Group to provide guidance for service providers (i.e, consultancies, financial institutions, law firms) on how they can scale high ambition net zero strategies. Within this we are running a series of workshops with key sectors on the levers they are using to scale net zero integrity across their networks of influence including:

  • Consultancy Net Zero (CNZ) Knowledge Exchange, hosting consultations and running 4 workshops through 2024

https://climatechampions.unfccc.int/system/race-to-zero/

Wider Engagement

We engage regularly with major business associations’ sustainability officers on key issues related to net zero integrity, including offsetting, scope coverage and what net zero means for the fossil fuel industry including a managed phase out and the definition of abatement.

 

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Youth and Civil Society Engagement

Our public-facing work on net zero integrity includes:

Youth Climate Training

Training programme for young climate activists to deepen their technincal literacy across the different UNFCCC negotiations tracks ahead of COP28, with 4,500 climate justice activists attending.

Net Zero Wikipedia

We are working to support the development of a new Net Zero Wikipedia page, which previously defaulted to ‘Carbon Neutral’.

Demystifying Net Zero

We regularly deliver a presentation called “Demystifying Net Zero” on the key terms and guidance. We are available to give this presentation as needed. 

Civil Society Perceptions

We have an ongoing research project on civil society/climate justice perceptions of the net zero governance landscape, with groups and actors such as ClientEarth. These will support a research paper to inform our standards community on opportunities for growth in net zero definition and norms. Please contact alexis.mcgivern@ouce.ox.ac.uk for more information.

Public Fellows Seminars

See our next public seminar as a part of the Oxford Net Zero Fellows Seminar Series.

 

 

 

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Oxford Net Zero report assesses the voluntary standards landscape
Oxford Net Zero report assesses the voluntary standards landscape

Oxford Net Zero’s Engagement Team have released a new report today, comprehensively assessing guidance for net zero across 37 different guidance documents, disclosure instruments and assessment frameworks. The team developed more than sixty ... Read more

Job Opening at ONZ: Youth Climate Training Assistant
Job Opening at ONZ: Youth Climate Training Assistant

The Oxford Net Zero Engagement Team (based at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment) is looking for a motivated individual to support the team 8 hours a week for 12 weeks (96 hours in total) in the second delivery of the Youth ... Read more

Onshore geological carbon storage has potential in the UK, but key knowledge and regulatory gaps remain – ONZ report
Onshore geological carbon storage has potential in the UK, but key knowledge and regulatory gaps remain – ONZ report

A new report by a team of Oxford Net Zero researchers reviews the current state of knowledge on onshore geological carbon storage (GCS) and its feasibility in the UK. Read more

Oxford launches revised Offsetting Principles
Oxford launches revised Offsetting Principles

As part of their net zero strategies, many companies, organisations, cities, regions and financial institutions are relying on voluntary carbon credits to offset their residual emissions. But evidence continues to cast doubt on the integrity of ... Read more

Job Opening at ONZ: Impact and Operations Officer
Job Opening at ONZ: Impact and Operations Officer

Oxford Net Zero is looking for a highly organised and motivated Impact and Operations Officer to join its team. You will be working alongside the Programme Manager, Cath Ibbotson, and the Head of Policy and Partnerships, Kaya Axelsson to ... Read more

Net Zero Regulation Stocktake Publishes Results 
Net Zero Regulation Stocktake Publishes Results 

A new report published by Oxford Net Zero presents a comprehensive ‘stocktake’ of developments in net-zero regulation across the G20 in 2023. It focuses primarily on four regulatory domains: claims and financial products standards, disclosure, ... Read more

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