Past events

17 Oct

Energy Seminar – Week 2: Targeting Transformation of the World’s Energy Supply with the Most Practical Path to Commercial Fusion Energy

Myles Hildebrand, General Fusion

THIS IS AN IN PERSON AND ONLINE EVENT Summary: This talk will explain Magnetized Target Fusion, how it draws on concepts from both magnetic and inertial confinement fusion and sidesteps the traditional barriers to commercial fusion. A brief overview of past experimental success will be provided along with a description of General Fusion’s future plans on their path to commercialization. General [...]

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Seminar | Week 2
11 Oct

Onshore CO2 storage in the UK: What’s the current state of knowledge?

Tom Kettlety (Department of Earth Sciences)

Permanent CO2 storage is an integral part of reaching net zero and meeting the temperature goal of the Paris Agreement. The UK has committed to develop CO2 storage in geological reservoirs deep underground, but so far has focussed on doing so offshore. Onshore storage might well prove useful, however, especially for sources of emissions that are dispersed and far from [...]

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10 Oct

Energy Seminar – Week 1: The political economy of fossil fuel subsidy reform in developing countries

Dr Neil McCulloch, Director, Policy Practice

THIS IS AN IN PERSON AND ONLINE EVENT Summary: This seminar will outline the main arguments of the new book on “Ending Fossil Fuel Subsidies – the politics of saving the planet”, written by Dr. Neil McCulloch.  The book explains what fossil fuel subsidies are, how they inflict harm and what steps are being taken to reduce them.  It also shows [...]

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Seminar | Week 1
09 Oct

Special Lecture 2023 with Dr Andrew Forrest AO

Dr Andrew Forrest AO

In this special lecture, Andrew Forrest – Executive Chairman of Fortescue – will explore the unique responsibility of industrialists and business leaders to go further and faster on emissions reduction. Dr Forrest will delve into the challenge of decarbonizing hard-to-abate industries, emphasizing the need for innovative solutions without relying on carbon offsets. He will draw upon his experience as Executive [...]

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04 Oct

Designing net zero governance: The moment for multilateral governance and national regulation

Selam Kidane Abebe (Oxford Net Zero), Kaya Axelsson (Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and the Environmental Change Institute)

National net zero commitments now cover 88% of global emissions, 92% of GDP and 89% of the world’s population (Net Zero Tracker). To support this, net zero guidance and standards now exist for organisations at every level of the economy. Still, an implementation gap exists with respect to net zero regulation and implementation at the national level – and there is limited [...]

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28 Sep

11th Oxford energy Day

The 11th Oxford Energy Day took place on Thursday 28th September 2023. This year’s Oxford Energy Day focused on Energy and Innovation. The day’s presentations and collaborations examined diverse aspects of innovation and considered how Energy research at the University of Oxford provides solutions and the evidence to inform policy and action to deliver the energy transition. Thank you to all those [...]

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23 Sep

Changing Urban Transport: Why Oxford and Other UK Cities Are Experimenting With Controversial Policies

Professor Tim Schwanen (Transport Studies Unit University of Oxford )

Tim’s research concentrates on the geographies of the everyday mobilities of people, goods and information. It is international in outlook, interdisciplinary in scope, informed by the thinking in various sub-disciplines within Geography, and organised around five more general concerns: Low-carbon mobilities and cities – innovation and experimentation, transformations, politics and governance, justice; Futures and temporality – sociotechnical transitions, path dependency, [...]

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20 Sep

Learning across global regions: Comparing climate marketcraft in developing countries

Dr Jose Maria Valenzuela, University of Oxford

Local climate action benefits from learning across national cases, as there are valuable opportunities to look at recent experiences on policy and institutional design, and implementation. Novel experiences of economic reconfiguration and innovation in developing countries are rarely taken as models for extrapolation, and when comparisons occur amongst developing countries, these are mostly within regions. In this Oxford Net Zero [...]

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