• 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).

  • Oxford experts define the starting line for the UNFCCC’s ‘Race to Zero’

    June 2020

    A group of Oxford researchers led by Professor Tom Hale has provided the guidance for participation in the UNFCCC’s new ‘Race to Zero’ Campaign. The Campaign mobilizes a coalition of leading net zero initiatives representing cities, regions, businesses, investors and universities. At the request of the High-Level Champions for Climate Action – Nigel Topping and Gonzalo Muñoz – the Oxford team defined a ‘starting line’ of substantive criteria to ensure that initiatives are ambitious and robust.

    Click here for further details on the Race to Zero campaign

    Click here for an interview with Professor Hale on the ‘Race to Zero’ (Spanish)