A new science-based roadmap has been developed outlining how carbon budgets, rooftop solar and electric vehicles (EVs) can help Oxford reach net-zero emissions by 2040. The new roadmap for 2040 has been commissioned by Oxford City Council on behalf of the Zero Carbon Oxford Partnership (ZCOP) and developed with the Carbon Trust. The roadmap breaks down progress to net-zero into carbon budgets covering five-year periods. The science-based roadmap predicts that by 2040, Oxford’s emissions will have been reduced by 88% compared to 2018 levels. If any residual emissions remain in 2040, they would be offset to meet the net-zero target. The roadmap divides city-based emissions into five sectors that have the greatest climate impact – domestic, commercial, industry, institutional, and transport. Domestic emissions would need to be reduced by 87%. According to the roadmap, rooftop solar will need to be added to 20% of existing homes by 2030 and 55% by 2040. Solar will be added to 75% of all new homes from 2030 onwards. Additionally, existing homes will receive at least one energy efficiency measure, reaching more than 48,000 households by 2040.
Edie 23rd July 2021 read more »