Keynote speaker announced

We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker at the upcoming OxFutures conference will be Professor Malcolm McCulloch, Co-Director, Oxford Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy.

His research interests, knowledge and experience make Professor McCulloch ideally placed to wrap up our day.

As part of the OxFutures programme, Malcolm and his team have been working on the future energy system of Oxfordshire and how the county can become a ‘living laboratory’ for demonstrating the local energy system of the future.

Read more about his work.


Success Stories

In the morning we will hear from businesses and organisations involved in the OxFutures project. From implementing energy efficiency measures to developing an innovative project idea, we will get the insight on what they did, what was learnt and where they will go from here. Later in the afternoon there will be an opportunity to find out more in a Q&A.

Oxfordshire Greentech workshops

Facilitating our workshop sessions in the afternoon will be Oxfordshire Greentech, the new business network for low carbon and cleantech businesses in Oxfordshire.

The session will be addressing the question:

How can a new network of green business solutions providers help achieve the energy transition and support the Oxfordshire economy?

Don’t miss out and register your free place today.


About the conference

OxFutures II: The Next Generation is a free, full-day conference taking place on Wednesday 10 October, 10am-4pm at St. Anne’s College, Oxford. We would love to have you attend as we reflect on successes and challenges, understand where we are now, and look to the future as we seek to create a strong low carbon economy in Oxfordshire.

Register for your free place.

Arrive from 9.30am for registration and a 10am start. The programme will finish at 4pm, but we’d love it if you could stay for the networking session 4pm – 5.30pm. Join us for a glass of something and meet other inspiring people doing great work locally.

See a draft agenda on the Eventbrite page.

OxFutures funding awarded another £50k for energy efficiency and innovation

The OxFutures GreenFund project recently awarded an additional £50k to a range of businesses and organisations. Some of the funding will help businesses install energy saving measures to cut their carbon emissions and energy bills and some will help the development of new projects and start-ups to boost the low carbon economy across Oxfordshire.

This brings the total grant funding awarded by GreenFund so far to just under £170,000. With the addition of match funding made available through other sources, a total of £418,000 will be invested in energy efficiency and innovation.

The latest round of grants went to:

  • Mach-Tech Ltd. – to help them replace all inefficient light bulbs throughout their shop floor and offices with energy saving LEDs. A change that is estimated to save them over £2,000 a year on their energy bills.
  • Oxford Designers & Illustrators – for them to upgrade their lighting system to LEDs and install thermal blinds to improve insulation and create an improved office environment.
  • Sustainable Wantage (The Mix) – a low carbon community action group, to help them install a range of energy saving measures, including: cavity wall insulation, secondary glazed windows, an electric boiler, and a heater for their toilet.
  • Aspire – to enable them to install programmable digital timers for electric oil heaters to match heating timing with building occupancy, a hot water drinks boiler, electric wall-mounted frost heater, ceiling insulation and upgrading to LED lighting throughout their building.
  • Hill End Education Centre – to help them install new double-glazed windows in one of their dormitories which will significantly improve the comfort of guests as well as improve their energy bills.
  • Fight Bladder Cancer UK – for them to install double glazed windows and doors to improve their energy use.
  • Launton Settlement Trust – to install two air-source heat pumps, a renewable source of energy.
  • Electrogenic Ltd. – to help them develop a prototype for retrofitting a classic car with an electric engine.
  • Zeta Specialist Lighting Ltd. – An innovation grant to help them develop a prototype for a solar roof tile system to charge EVs.
  • Nitron Racing Systems Ltd. – to help them install new, more energy efficient windows, roller doors and ceiling insulation.

OxFutures II: The Next Generation – a free conference to build Oxfordshire’s low carbon economy

We are really excited to be hosting the second OxFutures conference – The Next Generation – to build and shape the direction of travel of Oxfordshire’s low carbon economy.

Where and when: Wednesday 10 October, 10am to 4pm, St. Anne’s College, Oxford.

We would love to have you join us as we reflect on successes and challenges, share understanding of where we are now, and look to the future as we seek to create a strong low carbon economy in Oxfordshire.

There is a huge amount of activity happening in our county. This is your opportunity to engage, learn and help shape the direction of travel.

Find out more and register for your free place.

This is a free, full day conference taking place on Wednesday 10 October. Arrive from 9.30am for registration and a 10am start. The programme will finish at 4pm, but we’d love it if you could stay for the networking session 4pm – 5.30pm. Join us for a glass of something and meet other inspiring people doing great work locally.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Beth at the Low Carbon Hub.

OxFutures recently awarded over £100k in grants to a range of low carbon initiatives.

Some of the funding was granted to SMEs to help them install energy saving measures, following on from their energy audits. And some went to supporting the development of innovation projects, ideas, and new start-ups in the low carbon sector.

The grants went to:

  • Jamie Briggs Removal and Storage Ltd, Bicester – to help replace their high bay lighting with LEDs using less than half the previous electricity
  • Shed Oxford, Sutton Courtenay – to improve the energy efficiency of their greenhouse and provide a solar heat source
  • Folly Bridge Brasserie, Oxford – to install a new electric oven with induction hobs
  • Thames Cryogenics, Didcot – to upgrade their whole business to LED lighting
  • Seacourt Printers, Horspath – to help them produce a Good Business Pack providing peer-to-peer money saving advice based on their own best practise experience of implementing sustainable initiatives.
  • Retrofit Works – to help introduce a successful domestic retrofit model to Oxfordshire, making homes easier and cheaper to heat
  • Hallidays Hydropower, Dorchester-on-Thames – to support the production of a technical user manual and app for maintenance of hydro electric projects
  • EcoSync, Oxford – to support the development of a smart heating system which will avoid unoccupied rooms being heated
  • Carbon Alternatives, Oxford – to help develop R&D testing of heat network connections to properties in Swaffham, Norfolk.

If you would like to apply for funding for an innovation project, new start up or to fund energy saving measures, you can apply online. Or get in touch with Alison to discuss your needs.

The Abbey Sutton Courtenay have been improving the energy efficiency of their guest house following an OxFutures energy audit and recent funding awarded from GreenFund to help them fund the installation of the measures.

Read their case study to find out more: The Abbey – Case Study

Read The Abbey Energy Audit


Press release: OxFutures GreenFund allocates over £32,000 of funding to low carbon and energy efficiency projects

OxFutures GreenFund project has approved over £32,000 of funding for two innovation projects in the low carbon sector and one project to install energy efficiency measures.

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Press release: OxFutures Project launches free energy audits and funding to small businesses in Oxfordshire to cut their energy bills

The OxFutures partnership project is offering free energy audits to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in Oxfordshire to identify energy and cost saving opportunities.

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We are looking for a Community Engagement and Feasibility Project Manager for a Local Community Housing project in Hook Norton.

This is a rare opportunity to take a lead role in developing a visionary example of how a rural village can take charge of its own destiny and provide affordable and sustainable housing for those with a local connection to the village.

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