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Zero Carbon Homes for Oxfordshire

Oxford Friends of the Earth is a thriving and effective local group that has been active for over 40 years. Our purpose is to work together to promote a healthy and sustainable environment

Welcome to Oxford Friends of the Earth Zero Carbon Homes campaign page – Please sign our petition

Around 25% of our carbon emissions come from housing. To reduce this we need to
• dramatically improve the energy efficiency of our homes
• ensure that all new houses are built to be carbon neutral.

We recently launched Fast Forward Oxfordshire which sets out a path to Zero Carbon Oxfordshire by 2040. In addition to the tree planting initiative which is already under way Oxford Friends of the Earth has agreed that we should tackle homes as a key priority. Around 25% of our carbon emissions come from housing. The Fast Forward Oxfordshire plan sets out policy goals for the retrofitting of existing homes to improve their energy efficiency and for all new buildings to be zero carbon.

We have the aspiration that all new homes built in Oxfordshire from 2020 onwards should be zero carbon. This means that we need to start developing strategies for achieving this now.

We know this is doable. Previous government policy was to do this by 2016 but after 10 years of development these progressive plans were sadly dropped in late 2015.

It is happening (but too slowly!)

Zero carbon homes are already being built in Oxfordshire. The Springfield Meadow development near Southmoor is an excellent example including both private and social housing properties.

Join our work on this!

The success of this initiative will rely on the collaboration of many stakeholders from different sectors working together to co-create a new system for planning, designing and building zero carbon homes. As a first step we are looking to reach out to those key stake holders to ask them for help. We need your support to do this.

We need you to write to your local councilors and ask them to make the building of zero carbon homes a planning priority in Oxfordshire and to introduce planning legislation that supports it.

As a first step please sign our petition to the five Oxfordshire councils responsible for new housing.


We need you to help us identify key stake holders whom we should contact. Are you, or do you know someone who is:

  • An expert in zero carbon technology
  • A planner
  • An architect
  • A developer
  • A builder
  • A representative of a housing association
  • Others working on homes and buildings

Please get in touch with us via the email address: climate(at)oxfoe.co.uk