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Our route to carbon neutral

We have made a commitment to becoming carbon-neutral by 2030. It is a leading priority within our framework for Climate Action in West Oxfordshire. We will set an example of good practice and hope to influence partners and stakeholders by implementing raised standards and sharing the lessons learned.

Carbon Action plan

On 28 October 2020 we agreed a Carbon Action Plan for West Oxfordshire which sets out how we will become carbon neutral. The Plan:

  • presents a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions account as a baseline and measure of our current impact on climate change. So we can measure the success of actions taken to reduce and remove emissions
  • defines a set of Guiding Principles for planning all future research and projects implemented by us towards our target
  • identifies a Pathway and Priorities for Action as the trajectory for achieving carbon neutral
  • sets out a process for the monitoring and review of action in progress and new action planned. This helps the Plan remain live and responsive to external influences, technological changes and innovation within the low-carbon and renewable energy sector
  • leads by example, establishing an assessment methodology and set of Guiding Principles that partners working across the District may apply to their own projects