Net ZERO Policy

Net Zero: An international policy target 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report Global Warming of 1.5ºC provided evidence on the requirement that we meet a global net zero target by the middle of the century, providing a deadline for policy targets. And in 2015, a global target to reach net zero emissions was set with governments around the world taking up the policy goal by ratifying the Paris Agreement. 

Remarkably, a new report from the think tank ECIU shows that 49 percent of global GDP is already covered by cities, states, and provinces, and countries that either have net zero targets or are working toward them. This surge of net zero targets shows strong ambition but a gap remains between ambition and action, and often this is due to a gap in information about what a net zero aligned policy entails. On this site we offer resources for assessing whether policy initiatives are aligned with the global goal to reduce temperature outcomes and bring visibility to trends and challenges in current net zero policy. 

As a start for policy makers see the minimum criteria for net zero policy and how to join the UNFCCC Race to Zero. 

    Net zero at a global scale requires that all emissions of greenhouse gases should be balanced by their removal from the atmosphere.

     

     

    Policies by sector

    Find out more about how key policies are driving progress to net zero in each sector.

    Net Zero APPG

    Read the Net Zero APPG’s 10pt Net Zero Action Plan.                  

    National policies

    Find out how national politics can accelerate the transition to net zero.

    Local policies

    Find out what policies enacted on the local level have the most impact towards net zero goals.

    News and Events

    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

    The Race to Zero strengthens and clarifies campaign criteria 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 ... 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 different 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 three hubs – Berlin, Milan and Oxford – linked together to create a blended event that ... 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

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    Stephen Smith, Exec Director of @OxfordNetZero, told @guardiannews that while carbon offsetting has a role to play in tackling climate change, companies must first 'address their own carbon footprint directly.' https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/may/05/reducing-emissions-should-be-airlines-first-priority-not-buying-carbon-offsets

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