Thomas Hale

Thomas Hale, Professor of Global Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Net Zero Regulation and Policy, has been appointed to the Taskforce on Net Zero Policy Expert Group.

The Taskforce on Net Zero Policy, an initiative launched during COP28, aims to further the work of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Net-Zero Emissions Commitments of Non-State Entities. This taskforce seeks to advance net zero-aligned policies by fostering a collaborative space for policymakers and regulators to share knowledge, practices, and insights.

Professor Hale’s extensive research explores how political institutions can effectively and fairly manage transnational problems, with a focus on environmental, economic, and health issues. His contributions will be crucial in shaping and implementing effective net zero strategies on a global scale.

The Taskforce’s objectives include providing research and technical support to implement net zero policies, identifying opportunities within regulatory frameworks, and ensuring that the policies are inclusive of the needs of vulnerable countries and emerging economies. The taskforce will produce a landmark report by COP29, which will take stock of current trends and themes in net zero policy in relation to the High‑Level Expert Group on the Net Zero Emissions Commitments of Non-State Entities (HLEG) recommendations.

Professor Hale’s involvement underscores the importance of integrating academic expertise with practical policymaking to address the urgent challenges posed by climate change. His work with the Taskforce will help ensure that the global transition to net zero is both credible and accountable, aligning with the 1.5°C climate target.