Youth setting the agenda: transport and fossil fuels


What does the future for fossil fuels and transport look like in a net zero world? How can the generation inheriting these problems get involved?

The Race to Zero is the global campaign to mobilise leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions and investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery. The aim is to create jobs and unlock inclusive, sustainable growth. The campaign – under the stewardship of the UN High Level Climate Champions is rallying ‘real economy’ leaders to join it in the largest ever coalition of leaders, all committed to the same overarching goal of achieving net zero emissions no later than 2050.

The first, of two Race to Zero events hosted by Oxford Saïd, is a youth-led dialogue about the pathway to net zero for energy and transport 'from wellhead to wheel' asking: What is the future for fossil fuels and transport in a net zero world?


Peter Tufano, Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance, Saïd Business School

Kaya Axelsson, Net Zero Policy Engagement Fellow, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment


  • Dr. Mallika Ishwaran, Senior Economist and Head of Policy Strategy, Group Strategy, Shell International 
  • Alan Haywood, Senior Strategy Advisor, BP
  • Jonathon Counsell, Director of Sustainability, IAG
  • Simonnetta Spavieri, Responsible Investment Analyst and Venezuelan Activist 
  • Farai Chirese, Bio-Fuels Engineer
  • Eli Mitchell-Larson, Fossil Fuel Decarbonization Researcher
  • Diana Njeru, BBC Media Action Africa
  • Otto Schacht, Executive Vice President of Global Seafreight, Kuehne+Nagel
  • Nigel Topping, UK Government's High Level Climate Action Champion for UN climate talks, COP26 

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This event is brought to you by COP 26 High Level Climate Champions TeamThe Resilient 40 and Oxford Net Zero (The Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment and the Saïd Business School)