• Johanna Delmelle

Why should "net-zero" be your company's next target?

Updated: May 11

Are you interested in “net-zero” but not sure what that means in practice? Are you wondering if this is an objective that your company should pursue? Read along to better understand what “net-zero” emissions are and why this concept is becoming increasingly relevant in fostering sustainable, resilient, and future-ready companies.

At a glance

  • For long, the discussion around climate change was centred around reducing GHG emissions. Recently, the debate has moved away from just “reducing” to “cancelling” emissions.

  • In 2018, the scientific community declared the need to reach a global state of “net-zero” emissions by 2050, in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C.

  • “Net-zero” is achieved when global GHG emissions are counter-balanced, or neutralised, by GHG absorptions of the same volume.

  • To be credible, a claim of “net-zero” has to be aligned with the ambition set by the Paris Agreement. This cannot be achieved solely through emission reduction and offsetting. Removal is thus a necessary step.

  • "Net-zero” is now at the forefront of the climate discussion and represents an unprecedented opportunity for companies to set meaningful climate action in motion.


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