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Net Zero Transition Forum: energy, agriculture and shipping in focus

Net Zero Transition Forum: energy, agriculture and shipping in focus



The energy, agriculture and shipping sectors together generate 88.2% of global greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions.1 What pathways exist for businesses in these sectors to transition to net-zero models, and how can investment capital accelerate – and earn returns from – their progress?

This was the key question addressed at the Net Zero Transition Forum, convened by the University of Oxford and Lombard Odier under a multi-year partnership. Energy, agriculture and shipping industry experts engaged with leading academic researchers and professional investors to discuss policy and technological drivers for net zero, how obstacles can be overcome, progress accelerated, and the role of finance in these transitions.

For insights from the event, please watch the video below – and read on for further commentaries.


Energy: how would low-cost supply change the economy?

Falling cost curves for wind and solar energy production can not only transform the energy sector, they could combine with other innovative practices that are also on cost-reduction trajectories – like artificial intelligence and genomics – to disrupt industries like automobiles and agriculture. This highlights how cheap, clean energy can not only change the power sector but also catalyse the growth of others. How can investors anticipate these shifts? For more, click here.


Shipping: corridors to net zero

Maritime trade accounts for 1.7% of global GHG emissions, and the projected 150% increase in shipping activity by 2050 make decarbonising the sector crucial to the net-zero transition. Exciting innovations – including wind-propulsion technologies, marine batteries and even hydrogen production at sea – can reduce the sector’s emissions intensity, but the long lifecycles of ships and the need for dock infrastructure to also be adapted present significant capex challenges. However, as indicated by the development of a circular-economy hub in Rotterdam, progress is being made. For more, click here.


About the partnership

Through our partnership with the University of Oxford, we have endowed the Lombard Odier Professorship in Sustainable Finance in perpetuity. This senior academic post, associated with the Director of the Oxford Sustainable Finance Group and based at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, is the first position of its kind to be created at any major global research university. In addition, the partnership has produced numerous events, such as the Sustainable Finance Leadership Course and associated thought leadership, and research, including the report: ‘Predictors of success in a greening world’.



[1] Source: Ritchie, H. and Roser, M. Emissions by sector. Our World in Data, 2020. Accessed 18 October 2022. Based on 2016 emissions data.

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