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What we want to achieve

Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) aims to eliminate 10,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year by 2021. 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 over 300 properties.

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 by 2021. 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 agreed to create a Citizens Assembly to help consider new carbon targets and additional measures to reduce emissions. 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, which could begin as early as December 2020.

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.


The latest

24 November 2020

Kensa Contracting webinar and virtual site tour

ESO partner, Kensa Contracting, recently hosted a webinar and virtual site tour, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the installation of their innovative ‘shoebox’ ground source heat pumps…

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19 November 2020

BBC visit to Blackbird Leys

17 November 2020

ESO in conversation: Andrew Luers, Habitat Energy

04 November 2020

ESO wins prestigious EV industry award

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