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What we want to achieve

Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) aims to eliminate 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year. That’s the equivalent of taking 2,000 cars off the road.

We will do this by installing a very large, hybrid battery energy storage system, enabling more clean electricity, encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in Oxford, including the electrification of the Council’s own fleet of vehicles, and by implementing electric heating in homes and businesses.

As a key part of Oxford City Council’s response to the climate emergency, ESO will provide a model for cities around the world to cut carbon and improve air quality.

We aim to reduce Oxford’s CO2 emissions by 10,000 tonnes per year. That’s the equivalent of taking 2,000 petrol or diesel powered cars off the road.

How we are going to achieve this

ESO will achieve this through innovation in three key areas, brought together by machine learning technology which will manage the trading and optimisation of the battery and EV charging.

Why we need to act now

The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warned that the current global target of 80% cut in carbon emissions by 2050 is not enough to avert catastrophic temperature change, and that rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society are required to ensure this.

In response, Oxford City Council declared a climate emergency in January 2019 and has set a target to achieve net zero by 2040. At the same time Oxford has recognised the need to do more to improve air quality in the City and has announced plans to introduce the UK’s first city-centre Zero Emissions Zone, due to begin in February 2022.

Who we are

ESO is a consortium of six partners, led by Pivot Power, and including public, business and academic organisations, all working together to lower Oxford’s carbon emissions and clean up its air. Follow the links below to find out more about the partners.


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