What is Net Zero?
Net Zero emissions are achieved when the amount of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere by human activities is balanced by removing the same amount through human endeavour over a specified period. To align with the IPCC’s 1.5⁰C climate ambition, to limit the impact of climate change, the world needs to reduce net annual greenhouse emissions by at least 40GT by mid-century.
Cities and corporations around the globe are setting targets to radically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in order to control climate change. These targets and commitments often align with a desire to achieve Net Zero emissions by a certain date in the future.
At COP26 the UK government announced that most big UK firms and financial institutions will need to show how they intend to hit climate change targets. By 2023, they will have to set out detailed public plans for how they will move to a low carbon future – in line with the UK’s 2050 net zero target.
BWB’s Pledge to Net Zero
At BWB reducing carbon emissions is a key objective both for the design solutions we provide, and our own operations. In 2020 we announced the first significant step on our Road to Net Zero by joining the Pledge to Net Zero initiative, joining other organisations in our sector to be net zero carbon in our operations by 2050.
Based on our own experiences we have first-hand knowledge of the challenges and opportunities that setting net zero targets and objectives can bring.
Understanding Climate Risks
> Scope 1, 2 greenhouse gas inventories and verification.
> Scope 3 screening and boundary setting.
> 1.5 degree C aligned reduction pathways (SBTi).
> Energy audits, energy efficiency options and feasibility studies.
> Digital management information solutions.
> Renewable energy procurement.
> Annual reports and communication.