The UK became the world’s first major economy to set a target of being Net Zero by 2050. We’re here to help you achieve it.
So what does ‘Net Zero’ mean?
Net Zero is about achieving a balance between the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced and the amount removed from the atmosphere. This balance – Net Zero – is achieved when the amount of carbon we emit into the air, is no more than the amount we remove. Net Zero means a radical change across the entire economy, eliminating fossil fuels and other sources of emissions wherever possible while transitioning to sustainable and renewable energy suppliers.
To reach Net Zero, emissions from homes, transport, agriculture, and industry will need to be reduced. As the major source of global emissions, the energy sector holds the key to responding to the world’s climate challenge. Certain industries, aviation for instance, will find it more difficult to drastically reduce their emissions, and therefore for every ton of CO2 emitted, a ton must be removed from the atmosphere.
There are two different routes to achieving Net Zero which work in tandem:
- reducing existing emissions
- actively removing greenhouse gases
There are six major greenhouse gases; carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulphur hexafluoride.
Carbon dioxide makes up the majority of greenhouse gases, and is principally produced by burning fossil fuels i.e. in coal power stations. The main sources for other greenhouse gases include industrial processes and waste management, such as agriculture and landfill sites. Combined, these account for around 19% of all UK emissions.
Why Net Zero by 2050?
The UK became the world’s first major economy to set a target of 2050. There are a few reasons to this, but one major thing to note is that before reaching that target, major changes need to take place before then, ideally before 2030. 2050 is seen as the first realistic date for net zero emissions to be achieved, balancing the action required again the foreseeable impact on the economy. While the number of countries who have pledged to achieve Net Zero is growing, more need to follow suit if we are to reach even a 50% chance of avoiding a temperature rise of 1.5°C by 2100.
Is it possible?
Drastic changes will need to take place from all sectors in order to achieve the set goal. As the energy sector has a major role to play, PanoServe is here to help guide businesses in the most simple, transparent, and sustainable way. The Climate Change Comittee maintains we will be able to reach this target using ‘currently known’ technologies, but it will also require clear and consistent policies to reduce emissions, alongside changes in people’s lives.
How We Can Help
- Move to green energy contracts/eliminate fossil fuels
- Review your carbon footprint
- Carbon management plan
- Onsite renewable generation and storage
- Reduce operational energy demand and consumption