Don’t know your greenhouse gas emissions from your carbon insetting? Our net zero FAQs are here to help with the jargon.

Our FAQs are designed to help you understand everything you need to know about the topic of net zero, the jargon associated with climate change and net zero solutions, such as Science Based Targets and being carbon negative.

You can also request our in-depth net zero PDF guide, ideal to share with stakeholders and colleagues to help inform net zero decisions and create buy-in and awareness of climate change.

The scientific evidence is clear: to prevent the most devastating effects of climate change, greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced to zero by the 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’).”

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“We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it.”

Barack Obama, Former US President