Net ZERO Policy

Net Zero: An international policy target 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s special report Global Warming of 1.5ºC provided evidence on the requirement that we meet a global net zero target by the middle of the century, providing a deadline for policy targets. And in 2015, a global target to reach net zero emissions was set with governments around the world taking up the policy goal by ratifying the Paris Agreement. 

Remarkably, a new report from the think tank ECIU shows that 49 percent of global GDP is already covered by cities, states, and provinces, and countries that either have net zero targets or are working toward them. This surge of net zero targets shows strong ambition but a gap remains between ambition and action, and often this is due to a gap in information about what a net zero aligned policy entails. On this site we offer resources for assessing whether policy initiatives are aligned with the global goal to reduce temperature outcomes and bring visibility to trends and challenges in current net zero policy. 

As a start for policy makers see the minimum criteria for net zero policy and how to join the UNFCCC Race to Zero. 

    Net zero at a global scale requires that all emissions of greenhouse gases should be balanced by their removal from the atmosphere.

     

     

    Policies by sector

    Find out more about how key policies are driving progress to net zero in each sector.

    Net Zero APPG

    Read the Net Zero APPG’s 10pt Net Zero Action Plan.                  

    National policies

    Find out how national politics can accelerate the transition to net zero.

    Local policies

    Find out what policies enacted on the local level have the most impact towards net zero goals.

    News and Events

    The Fossil Fuel Industry Knows How To Stop Global Warming, But Why Don’t They? – Myles Allen
    The Fossil Fuel Industry Knows How To Stop Global Warming, But Why Don’t They? – Myles Allen

    Oxford University climate science scholar Myles Allen presented this Ted Talk at Countdown: a global initiative to accelerate solutions to the climate crisis. The fossil fuel industry knows how to stop global warming, but they’re waiting ... Read more

    Client Earth Publishes New ‘Principles For Paris-Alignment’
    Client Earth Publishes New ‘Principles For Paris-Alignment’

    Environmental law firm ClientEarth has laid down a set of ground rules for corporate net zero pledges, in a bid to ensure the growing number of climate promises being touted by the private sector are effective in their stated aim of reducing ... Read more

    New Research Uncovers Barriers For Irish Business On Decarbonisation Journey
    New Research Uncovers Barriers For Irish Business On Decarbonisation Journey

    New research on the readiness of businesses in Ireland to fully reduce their carbon emissions shows that including Scope 3 emissions in a company’s footprint assessment is proving a difficult task, Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI), the ... Read more

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