The Oxford Net Zero initiative, launched this week, draws on the university’s world-leading expertise in climate science and policy, addressing the critical issue of how to reach global ‘net zero’ – limiting greenhouse gases – in time to halt global warming.

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The research team includes Lavanya Rajamani and Thom Wetzer from the Law Faculty. The initiative brings together leading academics from across the university’s disciplines, including Geography, Physics, Economics, Biology, Law and Earth Sciences, to focus on the long-term questions necessary to achieve equitable, science-based solutions.

The network will provide advice and expertise in the global ‘race’ to net zero by national governments, global industry leaders and international organisations. 

Oxford Net Zero convenes and undertakes research to support policy interventions, and this month has been boosted by a £2.2M investment from the University’s new Strategic Research Fund (SRF). The SRF was formed in early 2020 to re-invest some of the University’s revenues from commercialisation activities into transformative research programmes.