Defining Net Zero

Almost everyone agrees that Net Zero is a Good Thing, and something that we need to reach by 2050 at the latest. But what is Net Zero? Is there a common understanding, and does a deadline of 2050 provide enough urgency? How does Net Zero relate to science-based pathways, or to the need to keep global temperature rises below 1.5°C, in line with the Paris Agreement? And what should people be doing on the way to Net Zero – after all, 2050 is still quite a long way off?

These are some of the many questions that are now being addressed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) through an International Workshop Agreement (IWA). Led by the British Standards Institution (BSI) on behalf of ISO, a series of three virtual workshops – open to all – aim to create a document setting out guidelines for Net Zero. The document aims to enable countries, regions, NGOs, companies and organizations at all levels to be able to set targets, achieve and communicate their pathway to net zero.

IBECCS is providing support to the core development team within BSI. IBECCS’ principal, Ian Byrne, has extensive experience within the international standardization process, and is currently convening a working group writing an ISO standard on carbon neutrality, ISO 14068. This is a closely related concept to net zero, but differs in its use of offsets to enable claims of neutrality to be made at any point in time, rather than a longer term net zero target.

If you want to participate in the Net Zero workshops, it is free to participate and you can register through the dedicated website. But hurry – the series of workshops will end on 1 September 2022, with the aim of publishing a final document in time for CoP27 in Egypt in November.

Free support for KENT SMEs’ transition to Net Zero

Kent County Council logoIBECCS is excited to be taking part in a new scheme that will provide up to £1,500 worth of free support for smaller businesses in Kent to help them define their transition to net zero. Open to any small & medium enterprise in Kent (except Medway), businesses apply for a Green Recovery Voucher – and this unlocks free support that can be used to discover ways of reducing their carbon footprint through topics such as:

  • reducing energy consumption by energy efficiency
  • implementing suitable onsite renewable energy
  • establishing the operation as a smart local energy system, possibly including energy storage (heat or batteries)
  • reducing emissions associated with travel, and other transport, such as deliveries of goods
  • greening the supply chain

Each business taking advantage of the scheme will be able to set their own priorities to gain bespoke advice and support.

The scheme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund C-CARE (Covid Channel Area Response Exchange) programme through Kent County Council. Applications are now open through the Kent County Council website.

Apply today for the Green Voucher Scheme

If you are an SME in Kent and would like a preliminary discussion about how the voucher scheme may help you, please send me an email.