Nick Eyre appointed as Oxford City Council’s first scientific advisor in its efforts to move to net zero.
We are pleased to announce that CREDS Director, Nick Eyre, has been appointed as scientific advisor to Oxford City Council as it develops its net zero strategy to address the climate emergency.
Oxford City Council declared a climate emergency in January 2019, and in autumn 2019 held the Oxford Citizens Assembly on Climate Change – making it the first city in the UK to hold a Citizens’ Assembly on the issue. Following the Citizens Assembly, the Council agreed to create a zero carbon plan for the Council and city.
The council acknowledged the need for expert advice on the science around the climate emergency and the need to explore in greater detail the challenge faced as the Council, for residents, and the community and how best to respond.
To achieve this vision, the Council has now appointed Nick Eyre as its scientific advisor who will support the council in its future policy making, and will help to coordinate the strategy for the net-zero objectives for the city and the Council.
Nick will support the Council as it takes the important next steps to address the climate emergency, and use his expertise to provide independent scientific advice.
Almost one year from the Citizens Assembly, and despite the challenges from the coronavirus pandemic, the Council is continuing to take important steps to tackle the climate emergency across the city.
Nick Eyre, on taking up the voluntary role, says,
I am delighted to have been asked by the City Council to act as its scientific adviser on climate change. The transition to making Oxford a zero carbon city will be a challenge, but it is achievable, and the work to do it has already begun. I look forward to ensuring that the Council has access to best advice from the city’s two universities as it continues sets out on this path.
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