What is carbon neutrality?
Carbon neutrality is the process of cancelling out any carbon emissions that you’ve created by funding an equivalent amount of carbon savings elsewhere in the world.
To be considered carbon neutral, a business needs to reduce its carbon footprint to zero. What’s included or defined within the carbon footprint depends upon the organization and the standards they’re following.
Being carbon neutral is increasingly seen as good corporate or state social responsibility and a growing list of corporations and cities are announcing dates for when they intend to become fully neutral – presently we have Manchester aiming for a 2038 date, and Leeds and London aiming for 2050.
Why is carbon neutrality important?
Carbon neutrality is important because the world is currently at a turning point – we’ve moved from ‘climate change’ to a ‘climate crisis’ – and experts believe that we only have 12 years to save the planet.
By introducing carbon neutrality, we’ll be offsetting all carbon emissions by introducing carbon-saving measures, thereby nurturing the earth’s atmosphere back to a point in which it’s healthy and stable.
How do we become carbon neutral?
There are countless ways in which you can add to the climate crisis – buying from fast fashion industries contribute heavily, as does driving, buying single use plastic and importantly, the built environment.
Around 38% of global energy related emissions come from building and construction. Steel, concrete and cement have some of the heaviest carbon footprints of any material in the world – in fact, if the cement industry were a country, it would be the third largest emitter in the world.
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