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Ruth Mayne of Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute worked with Low Carbon Oxford and the Low Carbon Hub to widen and deepen support for low carbon action in Oxfordshire and identify how this can be done in a way which contributes to the county’s social and economic objectives.

Raising support for carbon reduction while building society and the economy in oxfordshire RoseDavies/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Climate change mitigation and sustainable, inclusive development are critical global issues, and they are also local ones.  Low Carbon Oxford (LCO) is an innovative network that seeks to reduce carbon emissions, generate green jobs and create a sustainable economy within the city of Oxford. LCO also works with the Low Carbon Hub, Oxford City Council, and Oxfordshire County Council as part of the ‘OxFutures’ partnership to reduce Oxfordshire’s carbon emissions, generate jobs and encourage investment into local energy projects to deliver long term social, economic and environmental benefits countywide. 

In a knowledge exchange project funded jointly by the ESRC IAA and the EPSRC IAA, Ruth Mayne of Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI) will bring knowledge and expertise gained from her research projects, SUPERGEN Highly Distributed Energy Future (HIDEF) (RES-152-27-0003), funded by the EPSRC, and Evaluating Low Carbon Communities (EVALOC) (RES-628-25-0012) funded by RCUK/ESRC, to enhance LCO’s and the Hub’s relevance, effectiveness and impact. 

To reach these goals, Ruth, LCO and the Hub are designing an engagement strategy to develop a conversation with diverse institutions and audiences across Oxfordshire and to assist in identifying components for a shared Oxfordshire-wide low carbon vision. They also aim to strengthen LCO’s and the Hub’s networks and support to institutional, business, community and civil organisations in the context of the OxFutures project. They will also bring attention to innovations relating to renewable energy generation and energy conservation. Ruth and LCO will also produce a motivating and accessible report aimed at the public to highlight how local action to reduce carbon emissions and tackle climate change can contribute to stronger and fairer communities.

Through this EPSRC/ESRC IAA-funded partnership,  Ruth and LCO aim to widen and deepen support for low carbon action in Oxfordshire and identify how this can be done in a way which contributes to the county’s social and economic objectives. 

This project was funded by Oxford's ESPRC/ESRC Impact Acceleration Account.

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