Low Carbon was founded with the purpose of making a significant and lasting impact on climate change. As part of our vision, and in alignment with the Paris Climate Agreement, we believe it is critical to build scale and momentum in renewable energy generation to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

To align with the UK’s net zero target and as part of our membership of the Corporate Leaders Group, Low Carbon has established an initial corporate net zero target of 2050. Low Carbon is currently working to introduce an accelerated net zero target based on a comprehensive carbon footprinting exercise.

What does net zero mean?

Net zero is the position where greenhouse gas emissions resulting from human activity are effectively neutral. In effect, net zero means balancing any emissions with measures to offset an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, such as renewable energy generation, planting trees or using technology like carbon capture and storage.

Achieving net zero emissions is an important and realistic target for all businesses and the global economy as a whole. By aiming for net zero emissions of carbon dioxide by 2050, and for all greenhouse gas emissions soon thereafter, increases the chances of keeping temperature rises below 2˚C as outlined by the Paris Agreement.

While business has a crucial role to play in the pursuit of net zero future, households and the public sector also have a key role to play in urgently reducing their carbon emissions.