Oxfordshire’s world-leading solutions to reaching net zero

Oxfordshire is at the forefront of enterprise, innovation, development of cutting-edge technology and new industries.

The event demonstrated, through a number of pioneering Oxfordshire-based projects, that our county alone can scale-up and generate a significant reduction in carbon emissions and, through investment and scalability, conclusively show how big ideas and solutions, harnessed by Oxfordshire’s innovation ecosystem, can genuinely make major impacts in addressing climate change and at pace.


09:00 – 09:30


Registration and refreshments

09:40 – 10:00

Opening Keynote – Simon Mundy

The Financial Times’ Moral Money editor Simon Mundy shares some of the extraordinary human stories he encountered during the research journey through six continents for his book Race for Tomorrow. Mundy describes some of the most exciting areas of innovation and competition in the clean technology sector, with vivid first-hand accounts that underscore the urgency and complexity of the challenge facing a new generation of entrepreneurs.

11:00 – 11:50


In this section we’re talking about net zero transport. From batteries and fuel cells through powertrains and complete vehicles, to fleets and transport systems.

Keynote speaker: Avinash Rugoobur – President & Chief Strategy Officer, ARRIVAL
Followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Sebastian Johnson – Head of Innovation and Inward Investment, OXLEP, with panellists:
Llewelyn Morgan – Head of Innovation, Oxfordshire County Council
Jacqui Murray, Deputy Director – Faraday Battery Challenge, UKRI
Ben Neville – Marketing Director, YASA


12:00 – 12:50


Before we use energy, we’ve got to generate it and store it.
From solar and wind to ammonia vectors, onto the grid and beyond.

Keynote speaker: Maurits van Tol – CTO, Johnson Matthey

Followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Andy Gilchrist – Innovation and Business Partnerships – Energy University of Oxford, with panellists:
Peter Bruce – Chief Scientist, Faraday
Tom Cleaver – CEO, Cognition Energy
Carolyn Hicks – Co-founder, CFO, Brillpower
Stafford Lloyd – Net Zero Innovation Lead at Innovate UK

12:50 – 13:40


13:40 – 14:00

Is this our shift moment? – Emily Penn

Whilst hitchhiking around the world by boat, Emily found herself in the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and spent the next 10 years at sea, discovering the true problem of ocean plastic pollution. She founded eXXpedition to help individuals, businesses and governments navigate the issue so they can use their power to solve it from sea to source. Emily will share her adventures that connect her scientific insights from sea with upstream solutions on land, and what it’s going to take to shift to zero.

14:00 – 14:50


Decarbonisation comes by producing green energy more efficiently to make it more abundant. This hour we explore how the supply chain comes together and how we manage it.

Keynote Speaker Eric Brown, Energy Systems, Independent Consultant

Followed by panel discussion, chaired by Barbara Hammond – CEO, Low Carbon Hub, with panellists:
Melanie Bryce – Oxfordshire Programme Director, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks
Llewelyn Morgan – Head of Innovation, Oxfordshire County Council
Chris Manson-Whitton – Director, Progressive Energy
Tim Rose – Programme Manager, Energy Superhub Oxford, Pivot Power

15:00 – 15:50

CO2 Removal

Going beyond sustainability and becoming regenerative involves not just switching to carbon free energy, but also removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. In this track we examine various ways of doing that being developed in Oxfordshire.

Keynote speaker: Steve Smith – Executive Director, Oxford Net Zero and CO2RE

Followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Jane Jin – ClimateTech Lead, OUI, with panellists:
Myles Allen, Environmental Change Institute
Mike Kendall – Head of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford
Mel Murphy, Lead Researcher, UNDO
Andrew Symes – CEO & Director, OXCCU

16:00 – 16:50


There’s a big reason why Oxfordshire is able to make its global impact – and that’s the innovation ecosystem. What does it take to create the environment to generate world-leading ideas, and how can we share that nationwide and beyond?

Panel discussion, chaired by Sebastian Johnson – Head of Innovation and Inward Investment, OXLEP, with panellists:
Chas Bountra – Pro Vice-Chancellor for Innovation, University of Oxford
Kathryn Evans, Aerospace Sector Lead, Reaction Engines
Emma Southwell-Sander – Harwell Energy Tech Cluster, STFC
Robert Trezona – Head of Cleantech, IP Group plc

Oxfordshire’s leading climate innovators coming together

Where: Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford
When: Thursday 1 Sept 2022, 09:00 to 17:00