Knowing where to start, and how to progress through a net zero project can be daunting. What do you measure, how do you measure, and what do you report? If you’re scratching your head and wondering what your first step is, then our net zero journey calculator maps are for you.
Project net zero has joined forces with a range of approved net zero implementation partners from on-site heat generators to carbon offsetting providers.
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’).”
“Net zero” is about achieving a balance between the amount of greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere, and the amount removed, through offsetting measures like tree planting, or carbon capture and storage technologies. “Zero emissions” refers to processes that do not produce emissions in the first place – for example, a building running entirely on solar PV panels could refer to its energy use as “zero emissions”.
Yes – more and more companies are taking action on climate change, and targets that seemed too ambitious a short time ago are becoming mainstream. In December 2019, over 500 B Corps committed to achieving a net zero target by 2030>. Other examples of organisations aiming for a 2030 target include broadcaster Sky, and the Church of England.
“I’ve starred in a lot of science fiction movies and, let me tell you something, climate change is not science fiction. This is a battle in the real world, it is impacting us right now.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Actor & Former Governor of California