Dr Steve Smith

Dr Steve Smith

Company: Oxford Net Zero

Job title: Executive Director


Steve researches climate science and policy at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment in the University of Oxford. He currently serves as Executive Director of both Oxford Net Zero and CO2RE, two programmes focussed on stabilising the climate both rapidly and sustainably.

Steve is a co-lead of the Net Zero Tracker, a consortium aiming to increase transparency and accountability of net zero targets pledged by nations, states and regions, cities and companies.

Prior to Oxford, Steve co-led the Climate Science Team in the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) where he played a role in the legislation of the UK’s net zero target. Before that he was Head of Science at the Committee on Climate Change. He has a PhD in atmospheric physics from Imperial College London and is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.

Steve has published on a range of topics including carbon dioxide removal and metrics for comparing the emissions of different greenhouse gases. He is co-developer of the Net Zero Tracker, and lead author of The State of Carbon Dioxide Removal.

Alongside continuing to advise government, businesses and agencies, Steve communicates climate change to children and wider audiences. He helped write Climate Crisis for Beginners by Usborne Books, and was a contributor to the Ladybird book on Climate Change.


PANEL: The big carbon offsetting debate: where do we go from here? 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

With thousands of companies now having established net-zero targets, the role of carbon offsets in reaching decarbonisation goals is firmly in the spotlight. When (if at all) should offsetting be considered? What practices and standards can be utilised to determine high-quality, credible offsetting methods? And is the whole concept of carbon offsetting just another form…Read more

stream: 2. NET-ZERO STAGE
stream: Carbon offsetting
day: DAY 1 - 1 March 2023