Driving forward a cleaner future for all

Driving forward a cleaner future for all

There is arguably nothing more important than the climate emergency – though the good news is, Oxfordshire can really play its part in a positive solution for everyone thanks to our vibrant innovation ecosystem.

We have supported the important role Oxfordshire has to play in this, by leading on the development of the ‘Pathways to Zero Carbon Oxfordshire’ report , by highlighting the county’s major net-zero potential at our official COP26 event, which took place in November 2021 and by delivering capital programmes set to make a fundamental impact on a cleaner, more sustainable future in the county.

This followed on from our trailblazing energy strategy for Oxfordshire, which was launched prior to the pandemic, setting a directon of travel to enable the county to be at the forefront of energy innovation to foster clean growth.

Our COP26 programme was built around a ‘billion tonne drop’ theme, showcasing how the county’s world-leading innovation ecosystem can generate major global carbon emission savings through the significant capabilities generated within Oxfordshire, including in the fields of fusion energy, solar power, construction, electric vehicles and aviation.

It aligns with an overall message that; with the right level of investment, Oxfordshire is well-set to ‘do more’ and create further solutions that can drive the world towards a zero-carbon future. We are determined to play our part in making this happen. 

Meanwhile, our Energy Pathfinders: 2050 programme, or EP:50, shone a light on a wide range of vibrant and dynamic projects in the built environment and communities, transport and infrastructure, and energy efficiency and demand reduction. 

"Oxfordshire has a history of delivering pioneering solutions to the world’s greatest challenges and we believe that the expertise and desire that exists in the county can be a critical driver to delivering the answers that can tackle the climate emergency head-on, and at pace too."

Sebastian Johnson – Head of Innovation and Inward Investment, OxLEP

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At our official COP26 event, we showcased just why Oxfordshire is a genuine world-leader in creating solutions that support a zero-carbon future and demonstrated that the county’s innovation ecosystem is already delivering many answers to the climate emergency.

We also highlighted just why Oxfordshire is inspiring young minds and entrepreneurs to understand that we are the 'location of choice’ when it comes to opportunities available to address the climate emergency.

Our behind the scenes film shows our ongoing commitment to driving forward a cleaner future for everyone.

In addition, prior to the event, we spoke with some of leading zero-carbon organisations in the county to get their take on how Oxfordshire can be a genuine world-leader in clean energy. We speak with; Bennamann Ltd, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Greencore Construction, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxford PV, Qdot and YASA.