• Summary Report | Water Security for Climate Resilience

    04 August 2021

    Authors: Katrina Charles, Anna Murgatroyd, Dan Yeo and Anna Nileshwar

    This Summary presents the main findings and recommendations of the Water Security for Climate Resilience Report. Through REACH research we demonstrate the unequal, and often hidden, impact of climate on people’s lives and livelihoods, which can be counter-intuitive to broad narratives around resilience and adaptation. We reveal the challenges to building anticipatory capacity to avoid the water security risks that result from shifting climate conditions, water use behaviours and policy decisions. We highlight the impact of seasonal fluctuations in weather on surface and groundwater quality. We present a deepened understanding of location- and contextspecific climate issues and dynamics, revealing a pressing need to consider and plan for different distributional impacts of climate and climate change.

    Read the full Water Security for Climate Resilience Report.

  • Launch of Oxford’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy and ONE annual lecture

    01 June 2021

    Review by Ráchel Szebenyi, Graduate Student, University of Oxford

    On the 7th of May, we had the opportunity to listen to a series of inspiring talks at the launch of Oxford’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy and the annual ONE lecture.

    The opening addresses were delivered by Harriet Waters, Head of Environmental Sustainability, and Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University.

    The event took place at a time when the world is still very much in the process of trying to get to grips with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the necessity of responding to the climate crisis has garnered increasing recognition, the events of the past eighteen months have further reinforced its urgency. The need for international agreement and action is therefore clear.

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  • ONE Annual Event Keynote Lecture

    27 May 2021

    Blog by Milan Sokolovski

    Ordinarily, the Oxford Networks for the Environment (ONE) invite an external speaker to give the keynote lecture at their annual event. But, because this year’s occasion was also the launch of Oxford University’s ambitious sustainability strategy, the organisers felt that a highly distinguished internal speaker could act as a symbolic bridge between the university and the wider world.

    As the ONE Chair, Jim Hall, noted in his introduction, Oxford’s Prof. Yadvinder Malhi’s reputation is truly global. Professor of Ecosystem Science at the School of Geography and the Environment, he is world-famous for his research on tropical forest ecosystems and has ongoing projects on four continents. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society as well as a recipient of the CBE.

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  • £30 million official backing for Oxford-led greenhouse gas removal programme

    25 May 2021

    Research teams across the UK, coordinated by an University of Oxford-led Hub, have been chosen to probe innovative ways of removing greenhouse gases to help to stabilise the climate. Encompassing a dozen universities and with funding for nearly five years, this is the UK Government’s largest-ever research programme to understand and scale-up greenhouse gas removal (GGR) techniques. Find out more >>>
  • Cameron Hepburn: Putting the eco into economics, going from gasoline to green

    25 May 2021

    “It’s not an either-or-situation. We have to reduce emissions as fast as possible and scale up our capacity to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.”

    Professor Cameron Hepburn, Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, speaks to the Oxford blog >>>

  • Amplifying Indigenous and local community voices to Decolonise Conservation

    12 April 2021

    On 5th March, the School of Geography and the Environment became an international hub for decolonizing conservation, by hosting the panel ‘The Future of Conservation: COP26 and Beyond’. Born out of #DecoloniseConservation, an engagement campaign from XR Youth Solidarity, the panel was a call to action to begin building solidarity ties between Indigenous and local community leaders and academics, in order to bring a united front to COP26 and seek protections for the rights of over 1.65 billion Indigenous peoples, local communities and Afro-descendants who safeguard 80% of the world’s biodiversity areas.

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  • Cycling is ten times more important than electric cars for reaching net-zero cities

    30 March 2021

    Cycling is ten times more important than electric cars for reaching net-zero cities

    Christian Brand, Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor at the University’s Transport Studies Unit, explains how active travel can contribute to tackling the climate emergency earlier than electric vehicles while also providing affordable, reliable, clean, healthy and congestion-busting transportation in his newly authored article for The Conversation.

  • COP26 Universities Network releases latest briefing: Destination Net Zero: setting and delivering ambitious, credible targets

    19 March 2021

    Net zero emissions targets have gained traction in the global effort to halt climate change. But what does it mean for a net zero target to be credible and ambitious? Read the new COP26 Universities briefing on key considerations for setting and implementing net zero targets.
    Read Destination Net Zero: setting and delivering ambitious, credible targets >>

  • Are we on track for a green recovery? Not Yet. Hundreds attend Oxford-UN eco event

    17 March 2021

    International spending on COVID-19 economic recovery is falling short of aspirations to build back more sustainably, according to a new report published this week by Oxford University’s Economic Recovery Project, backed by the United Nations’ Environment Programme. However, a green recovery is still achievable and could lead directly to higher economic returns and social co-benefits. Read the full story >>

  • Climate policy in the United States is at an inflection point

    17 March 2021

    A new report released this week from the Smith School for Enterprise & the Environment demonstrates that, for the first time, a majority of Americans live in a jurisdiction with a net zero emissions target, while US companies accounting for $5.2 trillion in yearly sales have committed to net zero. But scaling up climate federalism to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement will require coordinated leadership from Washington, DC. Find out more >> 
  • Climate Exp0, 17-21 May 2021 – the COP26 Universities Network’s first virtual conference

    09 February 2021

    The COP26 Universities Network is pleased to announce Climate Exp0 taking place 17-21 May 2021. Climate Exp0 will showcase the latest thinking and most relevant international research in the run-up to COP26 around five key themes: Green Recovery; Nature-based Solutions; Mitigation Solutions; Adaptation & Resilience; and Finance.

    Online, free, and open to all, it’s an opportunity to connect policymakers, academics and students across the world, and harness the power of virtual collaboration to help deliver a zero-carbon, resilient world.

    The Call for Submissions is now open.

    Deadline: 26 February 2021

  • Oxford Net Zero: Research Fellowships, Research Associates and Programme Manager

    02 February 2021

    We invite you to apply for one of 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 expertise across Geography, Physics, Economics, Biology, Law, Anthropology and Earth Sciences to address the critical issue of how the world can reach net zero emissions. We are looking to appoint four Net Zero Fellows, a Programme Manager and two additional research posts >>

  • Get on your bike: Active transport makes a significant impact on carbon emissions

    03 February 2021

    Cycling, e-biking or walking can help tackle the climate crisis – even if you swap the car for active transport just one day a week – according to a new study led by researchers from the University of Oxford’s Transport Studies Unit. Published in the journal Global Environmental Change, this is the first study of the carbon-reducing impact of city-based lifestyle changes and it reveals that increases in active mobility significantly lower carbon footprints, even in urban European contexts with a high incidence of walking and cycling.

    Read the full story>>> 

  • Universities consider carbon offsetting in move to net-zero

    28 January 2021

    A new briefing published today by academic experts from Oxford and other UK universities sets out robust principles for use of carbon offsets within strategies to achieve net zero emissions.

    Developed with the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), the briefing provides guidance to support universities and colleges in their net zero strategies, and features expert insights from Myles Allen and Eli Mitchell-Larson. This latest briefing is one in a series by the COP26 Universities Network, and follows on from the Green Recovery briefing in 2020.

    Read the briefing: ‘How can carbon offsetting help UK Further and Higher Education Institutions achieve net-zero emissions? >>> 

  • Africa’s electricity unlikely to go green this decade

    13 January 2021

    A new study led by researchers at Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment predicts that electricity generation across Africa will double by 2030, with fossil fuels dominating the energy mix. This could put climate change targets at risk.

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  • Oxford Net Zero researchers participate in Evidence Week, guiding MPs through how to access and implement policies that can help a constituency or organisation reach net zero

    17 November 2020

    A team of researchers from the just-launched Oxford Net Zero initiative will be engaging with MPs and their staff in parliament (virtually) this week. They’ll be sharing their expertise and recent resources developed at Oxford to help businesses and organisations in the race to net zero.
    Watch the short video clip here >>>
  • Oxford Net Zero launches to tackle global carbon emissions

    17 November 2020

    The Oxford Net Zero initiative, launched this week, brings together leading academics from across the University, including Geography, Physics, Economics, Biology, Law and Earth Sciences. It will focus on the long-term questions necessary to achieve equitable, science-based solutions to reach global ‘net zero’ emissions.

    Read the full story >>>

  • Oxford co-hosts UN ‘Race to Zero’ campaign dialogues

    November 2020

    Between 9-19 November, the University of Oxford is hosting a series of events convened by the UNFCCC focusing on the action and transformation underway across ten key sectors in global efforts towards the goals of the Paris Agreement. Events include:

    11 November: Youth Set the Agenda on the Future of Fuel and Transport in the Global Race to Zero

    17 November:  Youth Set the Agenda on the Future of Food and Agriculture in the Race to Zero

    19 November: Youth Summarize the Dialogues and Perspectives

  • Oxford City Council announces appointment of scientific advisor

    29 October 2020

    Oxford City Council has announced the appointment of its first scientific advisor, Professor Nick Eyre, who will support the Council and the city, as it continues to tackle the climate emergency.

    Oxford City Council declared a climate emergency in January 2019, and in autumn 2019 held the Oxford Citizens Assembly on Climate Change – making it the first city in the UK to hold a Citizens’ Assembly on the issue. Following the Citizens Assembly, the Council agreed to create a zero carbon plan for the Council and city.

    The council acknowledged the need for expert advice on the science around the climate emergency and the need to explore in greater detail the challenge faced as the Council, for residents, and the community and how best to respond.

    To achieve this vision, the Council has now appointed Professor Nick Eyre as its scientific advisor who will support the council in its future policy making, and will help to coordinate the strategy for the net-zero objectives for the city and the Council.

    Nick will support the Council as it takes the important next steps to address the climate emergency, and use his expertise to provide independent scientific advice.

    Almost one year from the Citizens Assembly, and despite the challenges from the coronavirus pandemic, the Council is continuing to take important steps to tackle the climate emergency across the city.

    Read the full Oxford City Council press release here >>

  • Cooling: the hidden threat to climate change and sustainable development

    21 October 2020

    As climate change triggers increasingly severe heatwaves around the world, Dr Radhika Khosla guest blogs for Carbon Brief on the accompanying global rise in cooling demand; a ‘critical blind spot’ in the context of sustainable development, according to a new study published in Nature Sustainability. In an interview with Oxford University, the senior researcher at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and principal investigator of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Cooling also discusses the potentially deadly ‘feedback loop’ risked by inaction.

    Read the Carbon Brief blog >>

    Dr Radhika Khosla’s interview on ox.ac.uk >>

    Cooling for sustainable development in Nature Sustainability >>

  • Find out more about the COP26 Universities Network

    16 October 2020

    Oxford University is one of over 40 members of the COP26 Universities Network, working together to raise ambition for tangible outcomes from COP26. The Network now has a website where you will be able to read its topical briefing papers, learn about upcoming activities and find out more >>

  • Oxford scientist joins launch of TED Countdown: the global climate initiative

    6 October 2020

    Professor Myles Allen is among over 50 world-renowned speakers at the global launch of TED Countdown on Saturday 10 October: a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. Speaking on the subject of ‘Transformation’ with fellow scientists and activists, Myles will discuss how and where energy, transportation, and industry systems are transforming to meet the challenges of the climate crisis, as well as powerful ideas to accelerate this transformation.

  • Join “code-a-thon” for global study of Net Zero targets, 30 September

    18 September 2020

    Oxford researchers, in collaboration with the Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit, are carrying out the largest assessment of net zero targets yet undertaken. We want you to be a part of it. Join us on September 30th for a day-long, online “code-a-thon” in which we’ll collect information on the details of the 1000s of net zero targets we see around the world. No prior knowledge or skill-set is needed; you’ll be trained in our data collection methodology. Please sign-up here.

  • Recruiting part-time research coordinator for COP26 Fellowship

    18 September 2020

    The Blavatnik School of Government seeks to recruit a Research Coordinator for the Global Economic Governance Programme. In the lead-up to the UN climate conference in Glasgow next year, the post holder will support Dr Thomas Hale, Associate Professor, in his role as COP26 Fellow on a project entitled, ““From “Groundswell” to “All of Society”: How local governments, business, and civil society can contribute to the implementation phase of the Paris Agreement.”

    This post would be an excellent opportunity for a current research student or recent graduate. Offered on a variable hours basis (likely 5-10 hours per week) the position is fixed-term until December 2021. For further details, please see the full job description.

    The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon (UK time) on Wednesday, 30 September 2020.

  • The first endowed professorship of sustainable finance at Oxford

    10 September 2020

    Oxford University and Lombard Odier launch a new multi-year strategic partnership on Sustainable Investment creating the first endowed professorship of sustainable finance at any major global research university. Dr Ben Caldecott has been appointed the first holder of the post and will become the Lombard Odier Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow of Sustainable Finance at the University of Oxford, based at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment within the School of Geography and the Environment.

  • Tom Hale appointed one of the four COP26 Fellows

    28 July 2020

    Tom Hale has been appointed one of the four Fellows, out of a field of over 120 applicants. He will be focussing on how local governments, business, and civil society can contribute to implementation of the Paris Agreement.

    News release (including details of the other appointees).