The implications of the latest UNFCCC NDC Synthesis report could not be clearer: the world has not made anything like enough progress to tackle the climate crisis. Without immediate action, we risk losing our race to zero emissions and the better world promised by the Paris Agreement.
Get net zero right: A how-to guideThe UN High Level Champions and Oxford Net Zero have designed a toolkit to help us all better identify credible net zero commitments and those that miss the mark.
Scientists have demonstrated that we must get our world to a state of net zero emissions as soon as possible (and by 2050 at the absolute latest) in order to limit the worst effects of climate change.
“When anthropogenic CO2 emissions are balanced globally by anthropogenic CO2 removals over a specified period.”
Simply put, at a global level we need to balance the amount of emissions we put into the atmosphere with the amount we take out.
What this means in practice — and how the term net zero has been used — has been subject to fierce debate and contention as it has grown in popularity over the last decade.
There has been a significant growth in the number of ‘net zero commitments’ made by companies, cities, regions, investors, and educational institutions — but not all commitments are made equal.
So how do we know that net zero commitments are going to meaningfully contribute towards halving global emissions by 2030 – and which miss the mark?
The UN High Level Champions and Oxford Net Zero have designed a toolkit to help us all understand what a credible net zero commitment looks like, and which commitments lack the substance needed to deliver a zero carbon world in time.
It includes insight into critical topics such as emissions scopes, offsetting, interim targets and immediate action plans.
In all things, actions speak louder than words — and so even institutions with credible climate commitments must be transparent and clearly demonstrate their immediate steps in to reach zero emissions as quickly as possible.
Unlike most races, the race to zero emissions won’t have one winner.
In this race we all win, or we all lose.
To view the toolkit, please click here.
On 9 September 2021, 4.00-5.30 pm JST, UN Climate Champion Nigel Topping, together with the UK’s Ambassador to Japan, will convene senior Japanese and international business leaders for a roundtable event to showcase Japanese business climate leadership.
To help catalyse action, the UN High Level Climate Champions have updated an existing Breakthroughs paper to include additional specificity on halving emissions by 2030 across more sectors of the real economy.