Oxford
Climate Action Plan

Nationally, the UK has a legally binding target to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. Many local councils have more ambitious targets. There are nearly 400 principal councils across the country: the majority have a net-zero target of 2030. Further information from the Council.

Local net-zero target date

2030

Plan published

September 2019

Plan scope

Plan covers council operations only

Climate emergency declared

June 2019

Working together

We use data on Climate Action Plans from data.climateemergency.uk

If you have more recent Climate Action Plan information for this area, please contact mySociety at [email protected]

CO2 emissions

It's hard to visualise CO2 emissions. The data talks about 'tonnes of CO2' - but what does a tonne of gas look like? Well, imagine a typical large hot air balloon (almost 3,000 cubic metres in volume). One tonne of CO2 would fill one of these hot air balloons.

Additional local carbon emissions

Carbon emissions embedded in the imported goods we consume locally are typically not counted. However, these goods are produced and then transported here because of our consumer demands. Imported emissions are so big they should not be hidden*.

* Note: Imported emissions are estimated based on the Total UK Goods & Services Greenhouse Gases imported emissions (Defra UK's Carbon Footprint 2016: 353mt CO2 eq) pro-rated based on Local Authority population size and assumed equal per capita consumption of imported goods and services across all Local Authorities.

CO2 emissions in total

532,054 tonnes

People in the local area

151,584

CO2 per person per year

3.5 tonnes

Additional local carbon emissions

835,029 tonnes

Source: BEIS Local Authority territorial CO2 emissions within the scope of influence of Local Authorities (2020).

Local carbon emissions by sector

In getting to net zero as quickly as possible, we need to look at how we do things differently in every sector.

(000t)

2018
2019
2020

High-impact, low-carbon initiatives

Total published on Carbon Copy across the UK: 1042 See all Initiatives

There are some amazing collaborations between local councils, communities and companies. Some examples in/around Oxford:

Make It Good 

Helping businesses to tell their stories and embrace sustainability.

Cherwell
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Circular Economy

Park and Charge Oxfordshire  

Heping people in Oxfordshire to make the transition to cleaner greener transport.

Cherwell
  • Air pollution
  • Greater fairness
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Transport

Go Ultra Low Oxford – Phase 1

Trialling on-street electric vehicle charging technologies for residents without off-street parking.

Oxford
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Transport
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Severn Trent Green Power – Food Waste Recycling Partnership

Providing a recycling service for Oxfordshire’s organic waste which generates green energy for homes

Oxford
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Oxwash

Reducing carbon with Tom de Wilton on the Zero Carbon Tour.

Oxford
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Transport
  • Circular Economy
  • Energy

Sustainable Eco-Kitchens

Providing regenerative kitchen solutions that are low-toxicity and reduce carbon.

Oxford
  • Carbon emissions
  • Excessive consumption
  • Waste
  • Built Environment
  • Circular Economy

Good Food Oxfordshire

Promoting a healthy, fair, ethical and environmentally sustainable food system in Oxfordshire.

Cherwell
  • Carbon emissions
  • Food security & supply
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture
  • Biodiversity & Nature

Cosy Homes Oxfordshire

Helping homeowners live in cosier, healthier and more energy efficient homes.

Oxford
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Energy
  • Built Environment

Osney Lock Hydro

Generating green electricity and sustainable income to support community-led carbon-cutting action.

Oxford
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Energy
  • Biodiversity & Nature

Wild Edges

Renovating raised beds with recycled plastic pillars and creating new planting plan for pollinators.

Oxford
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Circular Economy

Pedal & Post

Eco-delivering by e-Cargo bikes across Oxford.

Oxford
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Transport

Energy Superhub Oxford

Demonstrating an integrated approach to decarbonising power, transport and heat in Oxford.

Oxford
  • Air pollution
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Energy
  • Built Environment
  • Transport

Botley Community Larder

Using surplus food to combat waste and bring the community together.

Oxford
  • Food security & supply
  • Waste
  • Circular Economy

Tiny Forests

Mitigating the effects of the climate crisis, one Tiny Forest at a time.

Oxford
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Biodiversity & Nature
  • Land Use, Food & Agriculture

Naturehood

Reversing wildlife decline by empowering communities to take positive action.

Oxford
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Health & wellbeing
  • Biodiversity & Nature

ESCO-In-A-Box

Bringing the benefits of energy efficiency to hard-to-reach businesses via a local one-stop shop.

Cherwell
  • Carbon emissions
  • Tech & Innovation
  • Finance
  • Built Environment
  • Energy

Low Carbon West Oxford

Reducing carbon emissions at a local community level through integrated and nature-based action.

Oxford
  • Biodiversity loss
  • Carbon emissions
  • Waste
  • Energy
  • Biodiversity & Nature

Low Carbon Hub

Developing a decentralised, locally-owned renewable energy infrastructure.

Oxford
  • Carbon emissions
  • Greater fairness
  • Energy
  • Built Environment