2019 was the year that net-zero began to gain momentum. The UK became the first major economy to set a legally binding target of net-zero by 2050, and was swiftly followed by many others including France, Japan and Sweden.
Meanwhile, various global cities are locked in a race to become the first carbon-neutral city, and hundreds of businesses have committed to achieving net-zero by 2030 or earlier. We even saw CEOs challenging their counterparts to demonstrate climate leadership by pursuing net-zero.
But this begs the questions - what does net zero mean, how is it achieved and where do you start?
Net zero: a daunting prospect?
Put simply net zero (often used interchangeably with carbon-neutral) can be understood to mean that any emissions emitted are balanced by the absorption of equivalent amount of emissions from the atmosphere.
There are various ways in which you can remove carbon from the atmosphere to balance your emissions, including both nature-based solutions (e.g. through forest restoration) and technological approaches (e.g. direct air capture and storage). Whilst technical barriers remain to rolling out these measures at scale, carbon offsets allow businesses to achieve net zero in the short term.
Sounds simple enough, but with a proliferation of standards and methodologies and given that many organisations have limited influence over scope 3 emissions, the prospect of achieving net zero can feel daunting.
Our approach to net-zero is bespoke, robust and credible
We have worked with several clients over the past few years to achieve net-zero emissions. We’ve designed a simple approach, aligned with PAS 2060 - the leading global standard for net-zero – that helps businesses to:
Establish a robust carbon footprint baseline
Reduce emissions by identifying and implementing carbon reduction activities,
Offset residual emissions
Validate and communicate success with stakeholders:
The pursuit of net zero emissions should, of course, fit into a broader sustainability strategy and be complemented by credible reduction targets. Ultimately we’ll work with you to achieve net zero in a robust, credible manner, tailored to your organisation.
The future is net zero, we can help you get there
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