Achieving Net Zero: Green House Gas Removal

Summer School

The Oxford Martin School and the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford are pleased to announce a Summer School on Greenhouse Gas Removal.


The Summer School will take place from Monday 7 September to Friday 11 September at the Oxford Martin School, Oxford, UK.


In June 2019, the UK committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2050 – the first major economy to enshrine such a commitment in law. Since then, numerous pledges to achieve Net Zero have been made by countries, sub-national regions and companies comprising a significant proportion of global GDP.


To achieve Net Zero will require not only steep reductions in emissions, but also large-scale deployment of techniques that remove carbon dioxide (and potentially other greenhouse gases) from the atmosphere. Such proposed Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) techniques are what are known as socio-technical imaginaries – there are few demonstrations of such techniques and their impacts (both positive and negative) are unknown at the scale required.


The Summer School will take a holistic approach to exploring these proposed techniques. It will examine how such GGR techniques are already assumed within the Integrated Assessment Models that are designed to inform climate policy; the social, political, economic, environmental and ethical issues associated with proposed GGR techniques; the potential and limitations of Nature-based Solutions and engineered approaches to removing carbon dioxide from the air; and the role of publics, policymakers and industry in the governance and the development of appropriate incentives and regulation in this space.


We intend to host two engagement events during the course of the Summer School – an event at the Palace of Westminster to meet with legislators and policymakers, and a public discussion at Oxford Town Hall to explore the role of GGR in the achievement of Net Zero. 


The Summer School will bring together international experts from academia, policy, industry and civil society circles with the aim of sharing knowledge and helping to seed on-going collaborative projects between the participants.


Applications are invited from graduate students and early-career researchers with interests in any relevant field. We are seeking a diversity of participants, from a wide range of disciplines, regions and perspectives. The Summer School will be conducted in English, so strong English-language communication skills are essential.


The registration fee for the Summer School is GBP500. This covers the Summer School itself, accommodation, meals and field trips. Participants will be responsible for covering their own travel costs to and from Oxford. Scholarships will be available to help support the registration and travel costs of participants who would otherwise not be able to attend. Such scholarships will be allocated on an as-needed and merit basis within the capacity of the funds available.


Further information about the Summer School, and instructions as to how to apply will be available at in early March.