The question we get asked the most is what the difference is between 'Carbon Neutral' and 'Net Zero'. This field is complicated enough, but it gets even more confusing when you factor in all the other claims a business could make, such as Climate Positive, Carbon Negative, Climate Neutral, Zero Carbon and many more, which have contested definitions depending on who you talk to. Fortunately, Carbon Neutrality, in particular, and Net Zero, to a lesser extent, have clear industry standards to be followed, as well as robust scientific frameworks that will guarantee genuine climate impact if the standards are adhered to. At aklimate, we reject greenwashing in all its forms, and so we use the most rigorously defined standards for businesses that want to become Net Zero or Carbon Neutral. Below you can find our interpretation of these terms:
Some businesses will claim carbon neutrality with different definitions. However, there is an internationally recognised standard called PAS 2060 to which we align our methodology. This consists of the following:
Net Zero is a more recent term, and as such the exact specifics are still being fleshed out. The Science Based Targets Initiative provides a scientific framework for the action that will be necessary to limit the worst effects of global warming. We follow their lead, defining Net Zero as the following:
At aklimate, we've made it easy for businesses of all sizes to join the net zero movement. Get in touch today to measure your emissions, set a public pledge (1.5°C Reduction, Carbon Neutral, or Net Zero), and gain robust climate certification.
PAS 2060: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BSI_PAS_2060