What is Net-zero?

Net-zero’, the buzz words of 2019 and the hot topic that people are trying to commit to and fully understand but…

What is the real meaning of ‘Net-zero’?

Net-zero is where all sources are balanced between the emissions produced and emissions absorbed from the earth’s atmosphere. This can be done through ‘carbon sinks’ which suck up and store the carbon dioxide – examples of this could be the ocean or plants.

Certain sectors such as aviation and industry would be able to reduce the majority of the emissions they produce; however, would find it impossible or too expensive to do a complete removal of the greenhouse gas emissions – hence why the target is called ‘net-zero’, in contrast to a ‘gross-zero’ target.

So why is it so important that I make the commitment?

Most people know about net-zero due to the targets set by national governments, public sector bodies and such to help the nation hit net-zero by 2050 or sooner. The reason for this being that scientists have now declared a climate crisis, which relates to keeping the planet’s temperature from rising and to stay below 2 degrees Celsius.

The only way to try and prevent worse circumstances from happening is by everyone committing and working together to reduce their negative environmental impact, whether that is individually or through their business.

Businesses especially are now being urged to take action as in their day-to-day the amount of carbon produced is very high.

This all comes down to the employees using certain products, travelling on the job and doing other human activities throughout the days which all creates a high amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

However, introducing sustainable solutions and alternatives such as a cycle-to-work scheme, reduction on plastic, alternative eco-products etc can all help lower their carbon footprint.

How could my business commit and work towards hitting net-zero?

There are many ways in which you can get some help or guidance on how you can make a realistic target and ensure your company can commit and complete this.

For instance, the UN and WWF have created the Science-Based Target Initiative (SBTi) which gives companies a step-by-step process and guidelines on how to set goals, make the commitment and allows you to be assessed which could lead to you being verified and able to join the ‘Net-Zero by 2050 Team’.

Alternatively, there are a couple of main areas in which you can look at, to determine how you can become a net-zero business – which are:

  1. Working with staff from each department to calculate the amount of carbon produced when looking at assets such as, materials used, logistics, products and more.

  2. Implementing sustainable and energy efficient solutions into your business to reduce carbon.

It is understandable that some industries will really struggle compared to others, however, there is a lot of help out there, as well as innovative eco-friendly solutions, which make the net-zero target easier for businesses to hit and allows your business to still run as efficiently as before.

Propelair prides itself on being a high-performance and sustainable solution which allows businesses investment to pay for themselves in up to three years, as well as to reap the benefits such as, reducing carbon by up to 80% and saving water by up to 84% (which is another valuable resource which is running out!).

If you would like to find out more about net-zero then you can visit the Committee on Climate Change’s website at www.theccc.org.uk or speak to one of our team to find out how much carbon, water and money you can save through Propelair at info@propelair.com or call 01268 548 322.