Guest blog: Get net zero right: A how-to guide
The UN High Level Champions and Oxford Net Zero have designed a toolkit to help us all better identify credible net zero commitments and those that miss the mark. By Nigel Topping and Gonzalo Munoz
demonstrated that we must get our world to a state of net zero emissions as soon as possible (and
by 2050 at the absolute latest) in order to limit the worst effects of climate
CO2 emissions are balanced globally by anthropogenic CO2 removals over a
Simply put, at a
global level we need to balance the amount of emissions we put into the
atmosphere with the amount we take out.
What this means in
practice — and how the term net zero has been used — has been subject to fierce debate and contention as
it has grown in popularity over the last decade.
There has been a
significant growth in the number of ‘net zero commitments’ made by companies,
cities, regions, investors, and educational institutions — but not all
commitments are made equal.
So how do we know that
net zero commitments are going to meaningfully contribute towards halving
global emissions by 2030 – and which miss the mark?
The UN High Level
Champions and Oxford Net Zero have designed a toolkit
to help us all understand what a credible net zero commitment looks
like, and which commitments lack the substance needed to deliver a zero carbon
world in time.
It includes insight
into critical topics such as emissions scopes, offsetting, interim targets and
immediate action plans.
In all things, actions
speak louder than words — and so even institutions with credible climate
commitments must be transparent and clearly demonstrate their immediate steps
in to reach zero emissions as quickly as possible.
Unlike most races, the race to zero emissions won’t have one winner. In this race we all win, or we all lose. To view the toolkit, please click here.