Climate action in Oxfordshire

We are working in partnership to reduce emissions across the county.

View our latest climate action update (pdf format, 1.5Mb) to find out how we're reducing our own emissions and helping Oxfordshire become net zero and tackle climate change.

We are working with a wide range of partners to deliver projects at the cutting edge of their field. The use of innovative technology within the county will significantly reduce local emissions and improve air quality, boosting the quality of life for residents and benefiting businesses. 

Countywide projects

Electric vehicles and transport innovation

Zero emissions zone

Oxfordshire County Council, along with Oxford City Council has been instrumental in establishing the world’s first Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) in Oxford setting a journey to zero transport emissions in the city by 2035. As part of the councils' commitment to improve connectivity, reduce congestion and tackle pollution in Oxford, a ZEZ will be introduced in two phases. We'll start with a small pilot area in Oxford City Centre in February 2022 (date to be confirmed). This will allow the councils to test how the scheme will work before expanding it to a wider area.

 

Electric vehicle charge points

Although there is an increasing number of electric vehicles on the roads, one of the main barriers currently preventing Oxfordshire residents from making the switch to electric vehicles is a perception of a lack of charging infrastructure.  Park and Charge Oxfordshire aims to change this perception by giving residents and visitors access to well positioned car parks, charging hubs and all wealth of resources and real-life experiences to give confidence and encourage others to make the switch.

In up to 21 car parks across the county electric vehicle chargers will be installed, giving residents with no off-street parking the ability to park for free overnight and charge their electric vehicles with competitive prices.

 

Connected and autonomous vehicles

Connected and autonomous vehicles

Oxfordshire Hydrogen Hub

Oxfordshire Hydrogen Hub

Energy innovation

Project LEO (Local Energy Oxfordshire)

Project LEO is a ground-breaking £40m InnovateUK funded partnership bringing together a range of public and private sector partners led by Southern and Scottiish Networks and including the county council.

The project will demonstrate a smart, flexible electricity grid in Oxfordshire fit for the transition to electric vehicles and large scale renewable generation.  It will demonstrate opportunities for organisations, communities and individuals to benefit from the low carbon transition.  It creates the foundation of the journey to zero carbon in Oxfordshire. 

The Oxfordshire Energy Strategy

We have worked closely with partners to agree a countywide energy strategy.  This sets the framework to secure a smart, clean energy infrastructure across the county and drive countywide emission reduction.   

Pathways to a Zero Carbon Oxfordshire (PaZCO)

Pathways to a zero carbon Oxfordshire (PAZCO) is a new report, which addresses the question of how Oxfordshire can achieve net-zero emissions in the context of rapid growth. While substantial progress has been made to decouple economic growth from carbon emissions, driven by cleaner electricity supply and increased energy efficiency, there remains a significant way to go to decarbonise transport, reduce reliance on fossil fuels for heating, and protect and enhance carbon stored in the natural environment.

Commissioned in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP), district and city councils, this report delivers on one of the commitments outlined in our climate action framework - to update the zero carbon evidence base for Oxfordshire.

Mapping Oxfordshire’s energy transition

As part of Project LEO we are using spatial data to create new energy mapping tools to support place-based planning for a net-zero carbon energy system.  Mapping Oxfordshire’s Energy Transition takes a spatial view of the headlines from the Pathways to Zero Carbon Oxfordshire report, published in June 2021 by the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute.

COP26: our commitment

We're supporting COP26, the UN climate change conference. Taking climate action and inspiring others across Oxfordshire.

Community Action Group

Community Action Group (CAG) Project

Oxfordshire County Council is proud to support the Community Action Group (CAG) Project, a network of over 100 Oxfordshire groups and social enterprises at the forefront of community led climate change action. management. Started in 2001, the network is the largest of its kind in the UK.

Reducing waste

Oxfordshire residents are among the best in the country at minimising what we throw away, but there is much more that can be done to reduce our waste and improve our carbon footprint. Oxfordshire councils also provide one of the most comprehensive kerbside recycling schemes, making it as easy as possible for residents to recycle waste. Oxfordshire was the best performing local authority area for recycling in England in 2019. More about our waste services.