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Net Zero Law and Governance


Reaching net zero emissions, one of the most pressing societal priorities, presents a host of legal and governance challenges. Our work on net-zero compliant legal architectures identifies and develops interventions and structures that enable, accelerate, and sustain this transition.

Our work

In November 2020, we helped to launch Oxford Net Zero. The programme aims to address how we limit the cumulative net total of CO2 in the atmosphere in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, while acknowledging that more CO2 will be generated from energy, industry and land-use change than our goals allow. We support the goals of Oxford Net Zero by developing the legal and governance solutions necessary to effectively implement net zero policies. Lavanya Rajamani and Thom Wetzer lead the law and governance workstream of the project.

What we’ve achieved

  • Lavanya Rajamani, Professor of International Environmental Law at Oxford University
  • Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science in the School of Geography and the Environment and Department of Physics at the University of Oxford, Director of the Oxford Net Zero initiative