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

Skoll Centre seminar: “Leadership for Net Zero”
Skoll Centre seminar: “Leadership for Net Zero”

Event date: January 28, 2022

Insights for Action Seminar Series About this event The Insights for Action seminar series explores how researchers and practitioners within and beyond Oxford are using research insights for action. Join us to hear conversations between ... Read more

OMS Panel Discussion: “Towards COP27: moving forwards after COP26”
OMS Panel Discussion: “Towards COP27: moving forwards after COP26”

Event date: January 27, 2022

At the end of 2021, the world looked with great expectation towards Glasgow for the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, COP26. Attended by Heads of States, academics, activists, policy makers and journalists, COP26 was the largest COP to date, ... Read more

Carbon Takeback: applying the principles of ‘producer responsibility’ to the fossil fuel industry
Carbon Takeback: applying the principles of ‘producer responsibility’ to the fossil fuel industry

Event date: November 9, 2021

Learn about how a Carbon Takeback Obligation can end fossil fuel’s contribution to global warming at Oxford Net Zero’s panel discussion: Carbon Takeback: Applying the principles of ‘producer responsibility’ to the fossil fuel industry.  Tuesday ... Read more

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE CLIMATE NEUTRALITY FORUM
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE CLIMATE NEUTRALITY FORUM

Event date: September 8, 2021

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

The Race to Zero Emissions for Local Government
The Race to Zero Emissions for Local Government

Event date: April 15, 2021

The Race to Zero Emissions For Local Government April 15th, 5:00 – 6:30 BST| 6:00 – 7:30 CEST *Version française ci-dessous/ deutsche Version unten / versione italiana sotto* This global webinar is for leaders of local communities ... Read more

Oxford to Host a GGR Summer School and Climate Neutrality Forum in September 2021
Oxford to Host a GGR Summer School and Climate Neutrality Forum in September 2021

Event date: September 6, 2021

Save-the-date – The University of Oxford will be hosting two interlocking events in September 2021. Monday 6th September – Friday 10th September 2021: The Oxford Martin School will be hosting a Summer School on Greenhouse Gas ... 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

See more news and events

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.

4

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

3
Load More...