When it comes to climate action, achieving net zero by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement, is the UK’s legal target.
And it’s no surprise if it feels like the latest buzzword – we’ve seen a surge in commitments from governments and businesses to net zero, meaning momentum is building.
Essentially, we reach net zero when the amount of carbon dioxide we add is no more than the amount taken away. These goals guide us to significantly reduce our absolute emissions and find ways to sequester any residual carbon emissions - so there’s no net increase in CO2.
Why does it matter? Over the next decade, what we do to get to net zero will have a major impact on the world we live in. This will reach every corner of the economy, so the sooner businesses get on board, the better.
Five things you need to know about net zero
Definitions are slippery.
How far and how fast is about ambition.
Make a commitment.
Know your numbers.
Good governance is essential.
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