Why Net-Zero?


What is 'net-zero'?

Having a ‘net-zero’ footprint refers to a business or nation achieving a state of net-zero environmental impact.

More recently, the net-zero concept has received mainstream attention in relation to carbon emissions: a business can be ‘net-zero’ either by balancing the amount of carbon they emit with carbon removal (often through carbon offsetting); or simply by eliminating those emissions altogether (often through energy efficiency and the transition to renewable energy or zero-carbon systems).

The concept of net-zero is by no means new – in fact, revered sustainable business leader John Elkington began pioneering the “zeronaughts” movement in the early 2010s. The concept can also be applied to resources and waste.

Why is ‘net-zero’ important?

Climate science continues to show that. in order to halt climate change, carbon emissions must stop – simply reducing them is not sufficient.

As the UK Government’s official advisers, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), concluded in their hugely influential recommendations report from May 2019: the transition to net-zero carbon emissions is necessary, feasible and cost-effective. In that same month, the UK Parliament infamously declared a “climate emergency”.

So, in June 2019, the Theresa May sought to cement some legacy in the weeks before she stepped down as Prime Minister by enshrining in law a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 – making Britain the first major economy to do so.

Accelerating climate action

In light of the UK Government’s new net-zero commitment and the huge opportunity this has presented to across the country, edie has evolved its flagship annual event into Net-Zero Live: the UK’s biggest energy and sustainability event, empowering businesses to lead the net-zero revolution.

Taking place at the NEC Birmingham on 10-11 November 2020, the event unites businesses, policymakers, investors, NGOs, product and solutions providers around a common purpose: to spark new ideas and actions on the path to a sustainable future. 

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