Myles Allen, Professor of Geosystem Science at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's annual New Year Honours list for services to climate change attribution, prediction and net zero.

Professor Allen, who is also Director of the Oxford Net Zero initiative, is a globally recognised authority on climate science. He is a long-standing contributor to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, most recently as Coordinating Lead Author of the 2018 Special Report on 1.5°C. He founded the and weatherathome projects, using computing resources donated by the public to quantify uncertainty in climate predictions and the links between climate change and extreme weather.

His most recent paper, co-authored alongside fellow Oxford Net Zero colleagues, identifies the seven attributes of a successful net zero strategy

Professor Allen commented:

All climate research is a team endeavour, and this is particularly true of the net zero journey. The need for net zero carbon dioxide emissions to halt global warming was a scientific curiosity only a decade ago: now 90% of the world economy is pledged to achieve it within the next few decades."

"I'm honoured to have played my part, along with so many brilliant collaborators and students both here in Oxford and around the world. I'm especially pleased to be recognised, coincidentally, in the same year as my wife, Professor Irene Tracey, and to take this opportunity to thank all those who have helped us keep two academic careers going: family, colleagues and, most of all, Irene herself and our three children."

Allen is the second consecutive ECI professor to be recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours, with Professor Yadvinder Malhi having received a CBE in 2021.

"My sincere congratulations to Professor Allen CBE. His award, and Professor Malhi's in 2021, demonstrate the ever increasing impact of ECI research in our 31st year as an institute. I am excited to see what achievements lie ahead in 2022," stated Michael Obersteiner, Director of the Environmental Change Institute.