Within my social circle and my more immediate network, I’m often getting asked the same question.

What is Net Zero?

Whether it be interested family members who are starting to see my face more across social media platforms, or old school friends who are now business owners, the words ‘Net Zero’ are increasingly more visual within the media, yet many people are still unaware of exactly what Net Zero means.

So where do we start? Like most modern-day tech enthusiasts, ‘Google’ is my fountain of all knowledge and if there’s ever a question I want to ask, I haven’t yet found a better place to start looking for answers.

So I type the words into Google ‘What… is… Net… Zero?’ and beneath the paid ads, the response that gets my attention first is the Dictionary definition.

Net Zero:

‘A target of completely negating the amount of greenhouse gases produced by human activity, to be achieved by reducing emissions and implementing methods of absorbing carbon dioxide from atmosphere’

and with the Dictionary definition response, I’m on to my next question… how do I know what greenhouse gases are produced by my own human activity? Because surely, I’m going to have to understand that before I can understand Net Zero?

The answer to that question is ‘Yes’, you will need to understand your own emissions before you can start to target ways of reducing them (something I will elaborate on further at a later date), but moving back to ‘What is Net Zero?’, an easier to understand definition I like to use is as follows:

Net Zero is the stage achieved when your pollutive activity is balanced and offset with greener activity within the earth’s atmosphere’.

Even by using the above definition, there’s still questions reaching out such as ‘What is pollutive and what is greener activity?’, and from here you start to realise Net Zero can become quite a complex statement to tackle, let alone trying to understand what’s happening with COP26 to be held later this year in Glasgow and Scopes 1, 2 and 3. (I’ve got excited with Google at this stage).

For now, I think it’s important to simply recognise something is happening. The current status of greenhouse gases being produced globally is having a huge impact on the world and climate change, as it’s more commonly known, is becoming more concerning the more we understand.

The UK Government have already become the first Government in the world to set a formal deadline to reach a position of Net Zero by 2050, and local regional councils are starting to push their own agendas with more pressing deadlines of 2030 being declared. There are also certain industry sectors who are starting to prioritise the Net Zero movement, with a view to ensuring end to end supply chains are all taking accountability to help fast track their route to the end goal, and with every one of these initiatives, every individual business and employee will have a part to play.

The take home message from me right now is that it’s unsustainable if we, as an economy, don’t begin to act and start to do things differently, but to begin to act we must first understand, and to do that that we’re back to the start. What is Net Zero?

To understand more about my personal views and the challenges I’ve seen within businesses wanting to start their journey, l’ll be taking part in a Webinar hosted by ELN alongside John Kyffin-Hughes, Business Engagement Manager at Low Carbon SME’s, part of Aston Business School.

To register for the webinar, the link is below: