Net zero pledges
Businesses ramp up ambition and global emissions rise - net zero round up
We round up some of the top net zero news stories including a new business alliance, global action for net zero emission...
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Project net zero has joined forces with a range of approved net zero implementation partners from on-site heat generators to carbon offsetting providers.
“Climate change is real. It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.”
Leonardo Di Caprio, Actor & Environmentalist
The scientific evidence is clear: to prevent the most devastating effects of climate change, greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced to zero by second half of this century.
The main goal is to stop producing emissions, but this will be impossible in some hard-to-abate sectors, such as aviation and shipping. So emissions will need to be removed from the atmosphere (known as carbon removal) to compensate. The result is “net zero” – an overall balance between greenhouse gas emissions produced, and emissions removed.
The Grantham Research Institute has a helpful analogy for this:
“Like a bath with the taps on, an approach to achieving this balance can either be to turn down the taps (the emissions) or to drain an equal amount down the plug (removals of emissions from the atmosphere, including storage for the emissions such as ‘carbon sinks’).”
Achieving net-zero emissions in the second half of this century is imperative to limit global warming to well below 2C, ideally 1.5C.
The earth’s temperature is already around 1C warmer than pre-industrial levels. The UN estimates that this change in climate is causing over 150,000 deaths a year – that estimate includes deaths as a result of extreme weather conditions, water-borne diseases, and impacts on food production.
Unfortunately, it will be the poorest populations who suffer the worst effects of climate change. Developed countries have played the biggest part in causing climate change – and have the greatest moral responsibility to tackle the problem.
In simplistic terms, net zero will require action across 3 areas: