Net Zero Vs Zero Carbon
We often come across terms like “net zero” and “zero carbon” but…
– What do they mean?
– How do they distinguish from each other?
– What does it mean for my UK business?
What does “Net zero” mean?
Net zero includes anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions such as methane and nitrous oxide as well as CO2. Net zero includes a combination of both reducing and offsetting your carbon emissions. In simple terms, it is all about ‘balancing’ any carbon you produce.
It means that all the carbon emissions you generate as a person or a business are offset, either by reducing your carbon emissions or by counteracting your emissions through carbon-absorbing projects such as sustainable reforestation.
What does “Zero Carbon” mean?
Zero Carbon means that no carbon is emitted to offset or reduce in the first place.
For example, let’s say a business uses all solar energy, they would not need to offset this energy use as there are no emissions and they would be able to label themselves as Zero-Carbon.
What does this mean for my business?
In 2019, the UK government became the first major economy to pass a net zero emissions law. There is a target that will require the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. This means that all SMEs need to meet the legal requirement of net-zero emissions by 2050.
Aiming for net zero means taking significant steps to reduce your business’s carbon footprint, adapting to new environmental regulations, meeting customer expectations, and positioning your company for a more sustainable and competitive future.
According to data from the Carbon Trust, the average small-to-medium enterprise (SME) in the UK generates around 15 tonnes of CO2 equivalent (tCO2e) annually. However, the carbon footprint can vary considerably depending on the sector, location, size, and energy efficiency measures in place.
You can find more information on how and why your business should aim for net zero here.
How can Connections2energy help you?
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