COP26: our commitment in Oxfordshire

Working across the county to demonstrate our commitment to climate action.

Our commitment

Climate action is central to our vision of a thriving Oxfordshire, creating a resilient economy, low carbon jobs, energy security and happier, and healthier lives for all.

In the run-up to COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference, we’re sharing all the great work from across Oxfordshire to help inspire our communities to make a difference.

There is a role for everyone - so why not tag us in your social posts to show us what your community is doing to help tackle the climate emergency we face?

We’re committed to being a zero-carbon organisation by 2030, and we’re already doing a lot to help us get there. Take a look at just some of the initiatives and partnerships we’ve been involved in. We’ll be adding more in the run-up to COP26, so keep coming back.


LED street lighting

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We're supporting COP26

Taking climate action and inspiring others across Oxfordshire #TogetherForOurPlanet    

00:00:04:10 – 00:00:10:02: Text: Cllr Tim Bearder, Cabinet Member for Highways Management, Oxfordshire County Council.

00:00:04:10 - 00:00:40:10: Cllr Tim Bearder (over cutaways of street light replacement work).

Street lamps currently account for 35% of the council's CO2  emissions. So, the work that our engineers are doing here today is changing the light bulbs on our street lamps to LEDs.

There are 61,000 light bulbs on Oxfordshire's roads and if we change them to LED lights then they save 70% of carbon emissions, an equivalent to planting 3,500 trees. So, we're accelerating that programme, doing it in two years and saving tonnes of carbon dioxide.

Just last year, by changing to LED lamps we've saved over £300,000.

00:00:40:10:00 - 00:00:42:05: Footage of work site.

00:00:42:05 – 00:00:44:13 and 00:01:04:05 - 00:01:07:22. Text: Matt Fitzpatrick, Sales Director, Bouygues Energies and Services.

00:00:36:13 – 00:01:13:06: Matt Fitzpatrick (over cutaways of street light replacement work).

The street light assets across the county of Oxfordshire emit around 7,500 tonnes of carbon every year. The Street Light Project will be instrumental in reducing carbon emissions across the county. The residents will notice a significant difference in the quality of lighting on the streets. They'll not only reduce light pollution but it will significantly help the authorities' pursuit of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

Park and charge Oxfordshire

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Text: We're supporting COP26. Taking climate action and inspiring others across Oxfordshire. #TogetherForOurPlanet

Images of electric vehicle charging points and Bicester.

Park and Charge, Oxfordshire -  a county-wide project, bringing electric vehicle charging to local residents.

Cllr Sandy Dallimore, Ward Member for Bicester East, Cherwell District Council: For Bicester residents I think this means a step into the future I think that this means that we're catching up with other parts of the country that have started to put in electric vehicles and vehicle charging. And I think that's good for the residents, I think it's good for the environment.

Cllr Sally Povolotsky, Hendred and Harwell Division, Oxfordshire County Council: Obviously, we've got a great scheme here with Park and Charge and Oxfordshire County Council, to give you a place to charge your car.

Cllr John Howson: This is a very important development for Bicester. We invite people to really think about their method of transport and think about how it impacts the climate and the planet, and the need for future generations.

Text: Cllr John Howson, Chair, Oxfordshire County Council.

Cllr Dan Sames: We have a goal to reduce the councils' carbon emissions, but we also want to ensure that the community as a whole reduce their emissions too. And I think it shows that as a district we are serious about climate change.

Text: Cllr Dan Sames, Lead Member for Clean and Green, Cherwell District Council.

Jenny Figueiredo: We've been here in Cattle Market car park in Bicester all of this week, and we've been running engagement events with the public. We are talking to people about the new chargers that we've put in and also offering test drives of electric cars to local residents. And everyone's had a really great time I think.

Text: Jenny Figueiredo, Park and Charge Project Manager, Oxfordshire County Council.

Passenger 1: Thank you very much indeed, that was really good.

Car dealer: Absolute pleasure. Really enjoyed it.

Passenger 2: That was fantastic, thanks for that.  It's so much fun to drive. I definitely think my next car would be an EV.

Cllr John Howson: We all want the planet to survive, and we all want to look and see what part we can play in it.

Cllr Sandy Dallimore: As prices, batteries and technology get better more and more of this will become available. So, this is the future.

Slow-motion footage of a man charging his car.

Park and Charge logo and website on white background

White Oxfordshire County Council logo and website green background

COP26 Better buildings

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Text: We're supporting COP26. Taking climate action and inspiring others across Oxfordshire. #TogetherForOurPlanet

Text: 39% of global emissions come from building and construction.

These houses are true net zero carbon, which means that over their operation they will not release any more emissions.

Text: Springfield Meadows, Suothmoor, Oxfordshire is a pioneering project of 25 Climate Positive homes.

These hemp and lime materials, they are prefabricated offsite, which makes for a speedy building process. They lock in carbon, and they reduce, actually, up to 90% of carbon emissions from the construction process, compared to a UK standard house.

We know that 39% of global emissions come from building and construction and so these kind of houses are crucial in the fight against climate change.

Text: These houses reduce carbon emissions by 90%.

It makes good business sense to build zero carbon housing. We're getting the right signals from policymakers. We are proving to other housebuilders that this can be done.

Text: Elmsbrook, Oxfordshire is the first phase of a planned 6000 home eco-town.

Text: Elmsbrook is our example to the world: zero carbon homes, designed for healthy and happy lives.

Every home has high levels of insulation, which incorporates triple glazing, and electricity is produced through the solar PV arrays that are on every roof.

There are many features about the Elmsbrook site that make it a fantastic place to both live and work. For example there's a frequent and cheap bus that comes in every half an hour. There's a segregated cycle route that takes you from the development into town - and there are also EV charging points available for all residents.

The eco-business centre is one of the UK's greenet commercial buildings, boasting a Passivhaus Plus certification, which means it generates more energy than it consumes.

It's absolutely imperative to get the whole country to zero carbon as soon as we can, and the hosing sector contributes a lot of greenhouse gas emissions, but developments like the one we're on are pioneers - we're showing exactly how these can be done  - at scale  - with ambition - and enabling people to live happy and healthy lives.

Bioregional logo on white background.

White Oxfordshire County Council logo and website green background.

Community Action Groups

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Text: We're supporting COP26. Taking climate action and inspiring others across Oxfordshire. #TogetherForOurPlanet

Text: For 20 years, Oxfordshire County Council has supported Community Action Group (CAG) Oxfordshire

Peter Lefort: CAG Project
You've got groups working on food projects, energy projects, waste projects, transport projects and then biodiversity green space. It's by far, the largest network of its kind in the country.

Text: There are currently 98 groups in the network - the largest of its kind in the UK.

Ellie Smith: Broken Spoke Bike Co-op
Broken Spoke is a DIY bike workshop where people can come and learn how to fix their bikes themselves; we became a community action group right at the very beginning. 

Text: The community engagement that they generate - involving 80,000 people - is the cornerstone of Oxfordshire's climate strategy.

Niko O'Brien: Cultivate
Cultivate is a co-operative which - they're selling local vegetables on the streets, from the veg van. 

Customer 1: 
The veg van makes buying locally produced, organic vegetables very convenient. 

Customer 2: 
I really like getting my vegetables fresh, locally sourced, and they're always really yummy.

Niko O'Brien: Cultivate
Community Action Group is like, really great at giving you the right amount of support you need to kind of kick start the process - and I think it really gives people that feeling of empowerment.

Text: By funding and supporting CAG Oxfordshire, the council is helping communities achieve their own climate ambitions and shaping the collective journey to zero carbon.

Rajat Gupta: Oxford Brookes University
Community action is vital for any, you know, carbon reduction policy whether that's local or national.

Simon Kenton: CAG Project
The project has developed a community impact modelling tool, which allows groups to see how effective their activities are - you know, how much carbon, how much money is saved.

Rajat Gupta: Oxford Brookes University
In areas where commmunity action has taken place, we are noticing reductions of about 15 to 20 percent in energy and carbon usage.

Unidentified voice:
We need to learn to cooperate as a society - things will get done if we work together and the CAGs enable us to do that.

Peter Lefort: CAG Project
There's no road map, for what the Community Action Groups are doing. We are at the forefront of building sustainable communities.

Chris Church: Community Energy Associates
We're still only starting to scratch the surface at what can be done in a strong community that's well-supported.

CAG Oxfordshire - Community Action Groups logo on a white background.

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