Pathways to a zero carbon Oxfordshire

Sam Hampton

Sam Hampton, Energy Group, ECI, University of Oxford

Abstract: Earlier this year the Environmental Change Institute were commissioned by a consortium of Oxfordshire-based organisations, including all six local authorities and the Local Enterprise Partnership to provide an evidence-based analysis of Oxfordshire’s potential to eradicate carbon emissions from the economy. The report highlights the challenges ahead in transforming the county’s energy and transport systems, as well as the need to upgrade Oxfordshire’s building stock and use of land for carbon sequestration. It identified areas where change and investment is urgently needed. The report adapts the National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios for the local context, setting out three different pathways to achieving net-zero emissions. Separate chapters then focus on innovation, transport, buildings and heating, renewable energy, and land use. In this talk, Sam will provide an overview of the key findings and messages, and offer some reflections on working with a wide range of local stakeholders during and after the report’s publication.


Speaker: Sam Hampton is an environmental geographer with a focus on the governance of energy and climate change. He was lead author and project manager for the Pathways to a Zero Carbon Oxfordshire project, which was funded by 12 separate local organisations including all six local authorities. This project builds on Sam’s experience of working in sustainability in Oxfordshire on a variety of projects including: Energy Superhub Oxford, involving grid-connected battery storage, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and ground source heat pumps; and Go Ultra Low Oxford, which trialled on-street electric vehicle charging technologies across the city. Alongside his role in the Environmental Change Institute, Sam is a sustainability consultant, and has worked with OxLEP, Low Carbon Hub and Oxford Innovation.

Please note that this is a hybrid event.  You will need to register and choose whether you wish to attend in person or online.  The online link will be sent out at 10 am on the day.

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