"Net Zero for Local Communities" with Radhika Khosla, Kaya Axelsson, Nicole Yazon & Steve Smith

08 March 2021

Portrait of Dr Radhika Khosla

with Dr Radhika Khosla
Associate Professor in the School of Geography and the Environment

Dr Radhika Khosla is the Research Director of the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development at Somerville College, and an Associate Professor at the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment, School of Geography and the Environment, at the Uni...

Portrait of Kaya Axelsson

with Kaya Axelsson
Policy Engagement Fellow at Oxford Net Zero

Kaya Axelsson is the jointly appointed Policy Engagement Fellow at Oxford Net Zero, working between the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and the Environmental Change Institute to support the practical application of net zero research in...

Local communities have an important role to play in the net zero transition, developing new models of collective living to both mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Cities in particular represent 70% of the worlds emissions and are expected to grow to 68% of the global population by 2050. This discussion in the Oxford Net Zero Series, hosted by the Oxford Martin School, will explore what it means for local communities to set out on a pathway to net zero.

Kaya Axelsson, Radhika Khosla, Nicole Yazon and Steve Smith will discuss what is required to instigate community-wide shifts to low carbon lifestyles as well as the community stakeholder processes needed to drive action from the bottom up and ensure that some are not left behind in the net zero transition. At a high level, we will review local communities’ challenges in measuring and reporting emissions data and opportunities to standardise data aggregation systems to better understand the collective mitigation potential of urban net zero transitions.