The world has a goal to reach net zero emissions. Our platform, informed by leading climate researchers and hosted by the University of Oxford, 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. 

Upcoming Events

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

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Dr @thomasnhale, @OxfordNetZero /NZT co-lead:
“The #HLEG report crystalizes a clear set of best practices on #netzero: cover all your emissions, set nr-term targets, publish your plan & update on progress, do not use offsets to delay/substitute for reduction, get there by 2050."

We'll be sharing these #netzero guidelines individually a lot over the coming months. Why?

Because tackling the *surplus of confusion and deficit of credibility* relies upon these becoming the lodestar 🌟 for thousands of global entities, even national governments.

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The #HLEG #NetZero Guidelines show what “good” looks like, including:
🎯Setting net zero pledges
🎯Set targets quickly/fully
🌳Offsets
🗺️Transition plans
🛢️Fossil fuel phase out
📢Lobbying
⛓️People/ nature
🪟Transparency/ accountability
⚖️Just transitions
👩‍⚖️Road to regulation

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