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Course event: Understanding policies and pathways to net zero
Course event: Understanding policies and pathways to net zero

Event date: September 28, 2022

*Exclusively for participants and course alumni of the Reaching Net Zero course*   Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022, 14:00 PM – 15:00 BST   As the consequences of global climate change become increasingly pressing, the need for pathways to Read more

Webinar: Harnessing the potential of nature-based solutions to meet net-zero and support a flourishing nature-positive economy
Webinar: Harnessing the potential of nature-based solutions to meet net-zero and support a flourishing nature-positive economy

Event date: September 13, 2022

Harnessing the potential of nature-based solutions to meet net-zero and support a flourishing nature-positive economy Sign up: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nature-based-solutions-webinar-tickets-387465027327 This webinar will provide an ... Read more

Lecture series on Net Zero by Prof Myles Allen, Oct 22 – May 23
Lecture series on Net Zero by Prof Myles Allen, Oct 22 – May 23

Event date: October 11, 2022

Professor Myles Allen, Director of Oxford Net Zero and professor of Geosystem Science at the University of Oxford, will deliver a series of lectures on Net Zero as part of his new appointment as Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the ... Read more

Nature-based Solutions in Net-Zero: avoiding greenwashing & supporting sustainable development
Nature-based Solutions in Net-Zero: avoiding greenwashing & supporting sustainable development

Event date: July 5, 2022

5th July 16:00-18:00 – NHM Lecture Theatre Part of the Nature-based Solutions Conference, 5-7 July 2022, University of Oxford Convenors: Oxford Net Zero and the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford This session will start by ... Read more

What does the IPCC say about carbon dioxide removal? (Online panel)
What does the IPCC say about carbon dioxide removal? (Online panel)

Event date: April 12, 2022

What does the IPCC say about carbon dioxide removal? Online, Tuesday 4 April 2022, 14.00-15.00. Sign up on Eventbrite.  On 4 April the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its major new assessment of climate change mitigation ... Read more

Masterclass on Net Zero for Public Servants
Masterclass on Net Zero for Public Servants

Event date: March 9, 2022

In partnership with the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE) and Apolitical. Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 16:00 PM – 17:00 PM (Online) Time is short, stakes are high, and resources are limited. This is the challenge faced by ... Read more

Latest news

New ONZ report on Net Zero Commitments by Businesses in Africa
New ONZ report on Net Zero Commitments by Businesses in Africa

ONZ fellow Dr Jessica Omukuti has undertaken a stocktake study on net zero commitments by Africa’s largest publicly listed companies. For the report, the team gathered data on the emission targets of Africa’s 250 largest publicly listed ... Read more

ONZ contributes to new global guidelines for clarity on net zero action at COP27
ONZ contributes to new global guidelines for clarity on net zero action at COP27

The ISO publishes the Net Zero Guidelines to support all actors and organisations to reach their net zero goals, with expert contribution from Oxford Net Zero. Read more

New HLEG report provides clear guidance on Net Zero for cities, regions and corporations
New HLEG report provides clear guidance on Net Zero for cities, regions and corporations

New UN HLEG report provides clear guidance on Net Zero for cities, regions and corporations. Read more

Oxford Net Zero at COP27
Oxford Net Zero at COP27

Lovely to meet you at COP27! We are here representing Oxford Net Zero, an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Oxford. Our group is made up of anthropologists, geophysicists, biologists, lawyers, political scientists and more. ... Read more

The Science, Origins and Implications of Net Zero – new research paper
The Science, Origins and Implications of Net Zero – new research paper

A new research paper by Myles Allen and colleagues explains the science behind the drive for global net zero emissions and why this is needed to halt the ongoing rise in global temperatures. Read more

Oxford Net Zero publishes report on the Voluntary Net Zero Initiatives Landscape
Oxford Net Zero publishes report on the Voluntary Net Zero Initiatives Landscape

Oxford Net Zero researchers have produced a report of 33 voluntarz initiatives across the governance landscape to identify areas of convergence and divergence in terms of guidance offered to corporate actors. Read more

Oxford Net Zero contributes to report ‘The Pivot Point’
Oxford Net Zero contributes to report ‘The Pivot Point’

Oxford Net Zero researchers have contributed several sections and a full chapter to a new report, The Pivot Point.  Read more

Prof Myles Allen to deliver Net Zero lecture series as Visiting Professor of the Environment at Gresham College
Prof Myles Allen to deliver Net Zero lecture series as Visiting Professor of the Environment at Gresham College

Prof Myles Allen to deliver Net Zero lecture series as Visiting Professor at Gresham College Read more

New Net Zero Global Stocktake finds that major credibility gaps remain in net zero targets
New Net Zero Global Stocktake finds that major credibility gaps remain in net zero targets

Analysis that draws upon the Net Zero Tracker database of over 4,000 entities shows that major credibility gaps remain in global national, regional, city and corporate net zero targets, despite global consensus on net zero placing targets ... Read more

Prof Myles Allen appointed Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment at Gresham College
Prof Myles Allen appointed Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment at Gresham College

Professor Myles Allen, Director of Oxford Net Zero and professor of Geosystem Science at the University of Oxford, has been appointed Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment by Gresham College, London’s oldest Higher ... Read more

Oxford Net Zero Engagement Team is Hiring Research Assistants
Oxford Net Zero Engagement Team is Hiring Research Assistants

Spring and Summer Research Assistant Opportunities with Oxford Net Zero The Oxford Net Zero Engagement Team, working out of the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment is seeking research assistants to support with the development of a ... Read more

5 Key Takeaways from Oxford Net Zero Policy Masterclass
5 Key Takeaways from Oxford Net Zero Policy Masterclass

On 9 March 2022, the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE) and Oxford Net Zero (ONZ) held a joint masterclass on policy interventions for accelerating the transition to net zero, hosted by Apolitical. This ... Read more

Net zero business or business for net zero? A report on corporate climate leadership practices on scope and offsetting
Net zero business or business for net zero? A report on corporate climate leadership practices on scope and offsetting

A new report (PDF) outlines how companies considered sustainability leaders, at the forefront of net zero ambition, are defining and managing their Scope 3 emissions, and using credits, sinks offsets, and insets to compensate emissions or ... Read more

The Oxford Net Zero Engagement Team is Hiring
The Oxford Net Zero Engagement Team is Hiring

The Oxford Net Zero engagement team is growing with two job posts open now: Read more

The Carbon Club revisited: Harnessing enterprise and trade to decarbonise the global economy
The Carbon Club revisited: Harnessing enterprise and trade to decarbonise the global economy

In this new paper (PDF) by Bethan Adams, Kaya Axelsson and Adam Parr, a Carbon Club is proposed, consisting of states that are considering a Border Carbon Adjustment (BCA). This would include the EU, the UK, Canada, Japan, and the US, which ... Read more

7 Attributes for a Successful Net Zero – read Oxford Net Zero’s new Nature Climate Change paper
7 Attributes for a Successful Net Zero – read Oxford Net Zero’s new Nature Climate Change paper

The Oxford Net Zero team has authored a new paper, published in Nature Climate Change, on 'the meaning of net zero and how to get it right'. The readiness with which a growing number of countries, sub-national entities and individual ... Read more

Governing Net Zero: the Conveyor Belt
Governing Net Zero: the Conveyor Belt

Download the policy memo (PDF). In this policy memo, Thomas Hale, Associate Professor in Global Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and co-investigator at Oxford Net Zero, outlines what the next steps for an effective net zero ... Read more

Oxford Net Zero to launch global online course on net zero for public servants
Oxford Net Zero to launch global online course on net zero for public servants

We are delighted to announce that Oxford Net Zero will be developing a net zero online course for public servants, in collaboration with Apolitical and The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. The interactive ... Read more

“1.5 °C by 2100” in the draft decision text
“1.5 °C by 2100” in the draft decision text

By Professor Myles Allen, University of Oxford and Coordinating Lead Author, Chapter 1, Framing and Context, IPCC Special Report on 1.5 °C, 2018 As one of the relevant Coordinating Lead Authors on the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C (SR15), I was ... Read more

A special message from Prof Myles Allen to the school strikers at COP26
A special message from Prof Myles Allen to the school strikers at COP26

Professor Myles Allen, Director of Oxford Net Zero, has delivered a special message to the school strikers at COP26. You can read his letter to the school strikers in The ... Read more

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

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

Majority of Americans Covered by a Net Zero Target: Policy Opportunity for the Biden Administration
Majority of Americans Covered by a Net Zero Target: Policy Opportunity for the Biden Administration

Climate policy in the United States is at an inflection point. A new Oxford Net Zero report demonstrates that for the first time, a majority of Americans live in a jurisdiction with a net zero emissions target. Furthermore, US companies ... Read more

Oxford Net Zero Is Recruiting Fellows!
Oxford Net Zero Is Recruiting Fellows!

We are delighted to announce several new roles as part of the new Oxford Net Zero Initiative. The University is investing £2.2m in this transformative new programme, bringing together its world-leading expertise across Geography, Physics, ... Read more

COP26 Universities Network Briefing on Carbon Offsetting
COP26 Universities Network Briefing on Carbon Offsetting

How can carbon offsetting help UK further and higher education institutions achieve net zero emissions? Download the Briefing Paper There are a range of views on the use of carbon offsetting among academics, higher and further education ... Read more

Launched: ICC SME Climate Hub – Action Tools for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
Launched: ICC SME Climate Hub – Action Tools for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

The SME Climate Hub has joined forces with Oxford University to provide small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with tools and resources to help them take climate action. Ahead of the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement signing, the freely ... Read more

Oxford Net Zero: Understanding What It Will Take to Halt Global Warming
Oxford Net Zero: Understanding What It Will Take to Halt Global Warming

With Joe Biden in the White House, 2021 could be the year the world embraces net zero: but universities still have work to do to turn a trendy phrase into meaningful action to halt the climate crisis. If it weren’t for Covid-19, the annual UN ... Read more

Net zero emissions targets are everywhere – we need to sort the genuine from the greenwash
Net zero emissions targets are everywhere – we need to sort the genuine from the greenwash

By Steve Smith and Tim Kruger. Originally published on The Conversation, 4 June 2021. Featured image: Olivier Le Moal/Shutterstock The last 12 months have been marked by the misery of the pandemic and the accompanying economic contraction. But ... Read more

Fossil Fuel Companies Know How To Stop Global Warming. Why Don’t They? – Myles Allen
Fossil Fuel Companies Know How To Stop Global Warming. Why Don’t They? – Myles Allen

Oxford University climate science scholar Myles Allen presented this Ted Talk at Countdown: a global initiative to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. The fossil fuel industry knows how to stop global warming, but they're waiting for ... Read more

Oxford Launches New Principles for Credible Carbon Offsetting
Oxford Launches New Principles for Credible Carbon Offsetting

The University of Oxford has launched new principles for credible carbon offsetting to provide guidelines to help ensure offsetting actually helps to achieve a net zero society. Carbon offsetting is a widespread tool in efforts to achieve net ... Read more

Five Tough Questions To Ask About Reaching Net Zero Climate Targets
Five Tough Questions To Ask About Reaching Net Zero Climate Targets

The groundswell of net zero targets good news for the Paris Agreement [...] Ultimately, however, the atmosphere responds to outcomes, not announcements. The truth is that significant uncertainty surrounds the outcomes of these targets. Anyone ... Read more

Conference of Parties Delayed To 2021 – Informal Dialogues To Be Held November 2020
Conference of Parties Delayed To 2021 – Informal Dialogues To Be Held November 2020

On the same week when nations around the world would have come together to negotiate climate ambition this year, a series of voluntary, informal dialogues will be held between leaders of industry and government as well as with youth activists on Read more