Corporate carbon neutrality, Net Zero: what are we talking about?

In the last few months, particularly under the momentum of COP 26, countries have been announcing their carbon neutrality or Net Zero objectives. The same is true for companies, such as the Business Ambition for 1.5°C, through which thousands of companies are committing to achieve carbon neutrality. Some of them even claim to have already reached their neutrality objective.

But what does this goal of neutrality mean for a company, and can a company or organization claim to be carbon neutral or Net Zero?

These notions of neutrality can be complex and subject to multiple interpretations, and therefore deserve to be clarified. Several organizations have already tackled the subject (ISO, SBTi, ADEME, Net Zero Initiative, etc.) to propose standardized definitions, as well as methodologies and guidelines to assist companies in building and monitoring their carbon neutrality & Net Zero contribution objectives.

With this expert opinion, I Care presents these various notions and existing methodologies, and the best practices organizations should adopt to participate in achieving these objectives: YWCA #16: Corporate carbon neutrality, Net Zero: what are we talking about?

This expert opinion, written in December 2021 by Amaury de Balincourt, Laurène Branaa and Solenn Petit, is part of a series of publications called “Yes We Care About” that is published by I Care, and which can be found in the “Expert Opinions” section by clicking here.

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