Oxford Net Zero at COP27

Nov 6, 2022

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. We support policymakers and businesses in transitioning to net zero in line with best available science and with principles of equity and justice in mind. 

What are we doing at COP27? 

We are here to promote integrity in net zero commitments. We do this principally through our collaborations with the High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Net Zero Emissions Commitments, the Net Zero Guiding Principles (which we helped to write) and our partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to develop a net zero integrity test for their 200 members. 


Our main events: 

Tuesday 8th November

3:30-4:30pm Public Launch of HLEG Recommendations (Jessica Omukuti). Hybrid event. Registration required

Wednesday 9th November

4-5pm Science-informed Standards: the Bridging of Evidence and Practice in Net Zero Policy Development. Global Alliance of Universities on Climate event. China Pavilion. (Kaya Axelsson, Alexis McGivern, Jessica Omukuti) 

Thursday 9th 

8:30-9:30am Net Zero Guidelines to accelerate business action and leadership. 

9-10am  Net Zero targets and climate transition plans: where do new definitions and standards take us? We Mean Business Pavilion (Jessica Omukuti) 

3-3:45pm Comparing sustainability with a Net Zero score. Sweden Pavilion.  (Kaya Axelsson) 

3:30-4:30pm The Climate Drive: How to industrialize corporate climate implementation at scale. Business Pavilion (Alexis McGivern) 

Friday 11th

8:30-9:30 Net Zero Guidelines Launch. ISO Pavilion, Green Zone

10:30-11:30 Turning Net Zero Targets into Action. Innovation Zone, Climate Challenge Lab. 

Saturday 12th

4:45-6:15pm Balancing Net Zero Integrity and Momentum. Room 5, Blue Zone. (Jessica Omukuti, Thomas Hale) 

Thursday 17th  

5:30-6:30pm Net Zero: Science-Based not Science Fiction. Panda Pavilion, Blue Zone. (Kaya Axelsson). 

Our delegation at COP27 

  • Kaya Axelsson, Net Zero Policy Engagement Fellow 
  • Thomas Hale, Professor of Global Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government 
  • Alexis McGivern, Net Zero Standards Manager  
  • Jessica Omukuti, Member of the UN’s High-Level Expert Group on Net Zero Emissions Commitments and Research Fellow on Inclusive Net Zero 



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