How we are regulated


Organisational heirachy

The OxCarbon Governance Structure.

OxCarbon is a not-for-profit company, limited by guarantee, established in 2021 and spun-out by Oxford University Innovation.  It seeks to promote innovation in climate impact projects that align with the Oxford Offsetting Principles.

Oxford University Innovation is a wholly-owned subsidiary company of the University of Oxford, overseen by a board drawn from senior University staff and external members with broad industry experience.

The overall governance of OxCarbon is set out within two documents, the Articles of Association and the Members Agreement.  Amongst other things, these documents establish that:

  • OxCarbon shall be governed by a Board of Directors (“the Board”). 
  • That the University of Oxford shall appoint a Director to the Board (“the University Director”)
  • That decisions may be approved by the Board by a simple majority, EXCEPT where the University Director is in the minority.

 In addition, all meetings of the Board are attended by a (non-voting) observer from Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and Oxford University Innovation.

Roles & obligations

Governance Groups and their Functions.

The OxCarbon team is comprised of several groups working in unison, as outlined below. To view the leadership of these groups, please see the Our Team page.

Board of Directors
- Overall responsibility for the organisation's management.
- Strategic decision-making on the direction of the organization.
- Day to day activities in OxCarbon, including managing the project registration / certification process, managing organisational partnerships.
- Support market innovation and research.
Technical Review Panels
- Academics,  professors, researchers, industry experts, field experts, and governmental representatives invited by OxCarbon to review  project documentation (i.e. technical specifications)
- Advisory function to the Board of Directors 
- Share expertise on technical matters such as climate benefit estimation, social safeguarding, forestry interventions and project development.