This international conference will explore the social, political, ethical, ecological, governance and technical opportunities and challenges around achieving net zero emissions and the policy action required to achieve this goal in a manner that is both timely and compatible with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Achieving Net Zero Public Meeting | 6pm-7.30pm, 10 September 2019 | Oxford Town Hall

In announcing legislation to commit the UK to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Theresa May said: "Ending our contribution to global warming by 2050 should be the defining decision of this generation in fulfilling our responsibility to the next." But how will it be done and what are the implications?

This meeting will allow members of the public to hear and pose questions to key participants of the Achieving Net Zero conference, exploring the social, political, ethical, ecological, governance and technical opportunities and challenges of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Speakers will include Amory Lovins, Cofounder and Chief Scientist of Rocky Mountain Institute; David Hone, Chief Climate Advisor for Shell; Radhika Khosla, Research Director of the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development; and EJ Fawcett, Oxford Youth School Strikes for Climate.

This meeting is free but please sign up in advance via Eventbrite here.

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Academics and stakeholders including policymakers, civil society actors and business leaders are invited to attend and participate.

The IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5 Degrees highlights the need for transformational change to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Not only will emissions of greenhouse gases need to be reduced at an unprecedented scale and speed, but achieving a balance between sources and sinks may also require their active removal from the atmosphere.

Following the success of the 2016 conference on 1.5 Degrees, this meeting, co-hosted by the University of Oxford and Victoria University of Wellington, will bring together leading academics, policymakers, civil society actors and business leaders to discuss what net zero means, and how it could be achieved.

Conference Venue: Wadham College, Oxford

Organisers: Environmental Change Institute and Oxford Martin School

Sponsors: University of Oxford and Victoria University of Wellington