Net Zero Intelligence Unit

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Net Zero Intelligence Unit

Experience-led insights to accelerate global progress towards Net Zero.

About the Net Zero Intelligence Unit

The Net Zero Intelligence Unit provides experience-led insights to accelerate global progress towards Net Zero. The Unit is a dedicated team focussed on raising ambition, awareness and action on Net Zero by drawing on the Carbon Trust’s 20 years’ experience of working with businesses, governments and financial institutions globally. 

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Consumer demand for ‘clean’ beauty is an opportunity to galvanise sector action on Net Zero.

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COP27 will be remembered for its historic Loss and Damage fund but will be tarnished by a disappointing lack of ambition on the emissions reductions required for Net Zero.

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With demand for energy in Southeast Asia set to increase by 80% by 2040, how can the region capitalise on energy efficiency to reach Net Zero and deliver sustainable development?

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The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework was finally agreed on Monday 19 December. But what does the landmark deal for nature mean for Net Zero?

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About Net Zero

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What is Net Zero and why does it matter?

Net Zero, explained by our experts.

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How can we achieve Net Zero?

Net Zero is the most comprehensive approach there is to securing a liveable planet. But how can we achieve it?

Net Zero is the most comprehensive approach there is to securing a liveable planet. 

Achieving Net Zero involves making deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to get as close to zero as possible, and then actively removing from the atmosphere any emissions that really cannot be avoided. Once we achieve this balance of emissions and removals, global warming stops worsening. 

There is scientific consensus that limiting global warming to 1.5°C will avoid the most catastrophic effects on our climate, and the Paris Agreement of 2015 set out an international commitment to pursue this target. Climate scientists have modelled the scenarios needed to call time on global warming and prevent us from surpassing 1.5°C. The pathways which achieve this have a common thread: halving our emissions this decade and reaching Net Zero by around 2050. Immediate action to reduce emissions is therefore essential.

The Net Zero Intelligence Unit has identified five system-wide enabling conditions that can unlock progress on Net Zero: awareness and ambition, governance, finance, technology and innovation, and a just transition. If policy, business and finance leaders across the world combine attention to implementing these five enabling conditions with an unrelenting commitment to transitioning the energy sector, we can deliver a Net Zero future. 

The five system-wide conditions needed to make progress on Net Zero:

 

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The Net Zero Intelligence Unit drives global momentum on Net Zero by building awareness, ambition and action. We provide insights that draw on the Carbon Trust’s 20 years’ experience of working with businesses, governments and organisations to reduce their carbon footprints.

The Net Zero Intelligence Unit’s Director (Simon Retallack) and Manager (Nina Foster) are available for media comment or interview. Please contact press@carbontrust.com. For event appearances please contact events@carbontrust.com.

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