What is Net Zero

Net zero is the idea of reducing our emissions down to zero or as close as possible to prevent further temperature increases. In 2019 the UK government committed to a net zero greenhouse gas target, seeking to achieve a 100% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions relative to 1990 levels by 2050. In practice, getting to net zero means that the amount of greenhouse gases that we add to the atmosphere is equal to or less than what we take out.

To achieve this, in the years leading up to 2050, businesses, companies and individuals across every part of society need to take steps to get as close to zero greenhouse gas emissions as possible. Any remaining emissions can then be offset or removed. Removing or offsetting emissions can be achieved through actions such as forest planting and possible future carbon capture and storage technologies.

In 2019 Birmingham City Council set its own target for the city, aiming to achieve net zero by 2030. This ambitious target aims to speed up Birmingham’s transition to net zero and send a clear message about the council’s commitment to a sustainable future.

Page last updated: 24 October 2022

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