What does carbon-neutral mean?
Why is carbon-neutrality important and what does it mean for our planet?
Carbon projects can also create exceptional co-benefits. Take Stand For Trees’ Kariba Wildlife Corridor project in Zimbabwe as an example:
Due to political and economic turbulence, Zimbabwean communities have been forced to delve into their forests for subsistence farming and fuelwood, leading to the loss of more than a third of the country’s forest area. The Kariba carbon offsetting project is designed to protect the trees that remain while also giving local people the jobs and skills they need to thrive, like training in sustainable farming, beekeeping, and ecotourism. It also boosts their well-being by providing healthcare and infrastructure, including new roads. Furthermore, Kariba connects four national parks and eight safari reserves for a giant biodiversity corridor protecting a majestic forest.
If you are a small business, you can also learn more about the process by downloading our Carbon Offset Credits Guide. It can assist you in determining your initial carbon footprint measurement as well as obtaining your carbon credit certificate. Discover more about how you can develop a strategy for meeting climate goals and mitigating climate impacts.
Where did the term ‘carbon-neutral’ come from?
The expression first appears in the early nineties referring to plants, which can be described as carbon neutral if the amount of CO2 they absorb while alive is equal to the amount of CO2 they give out when burned.
Paul Hawken’s influential book “The Ecology of Commerce” highlights the relationship between business and the environment and is seen as a foundational work for scholars interested in the greening of business, sustainable enterprise, and environmental policy.
The Climate Neutral Business Network is incorporated & backed by the U.S. EPA, and companies start committing to becoming carbon neutral.
Shaklee becomes the first certified carbon neutral company in the world.
Carbon Neutral is Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year.
Who uses carbon-neutral these days?
What is net-zero carbon or net-zero emissions?
Why is net-zero important?
Where did the term ‘net-zero’ come from?
Myles Allen, Dave Frame, and other scientists publish a paper highlighting that cumulative emissions of CO2 largely determine the eventual extent of global warming.
The IPCC Fifth Assessment Report states that limiting global temperature change means limiting the cumulative stock of CO2 emissions. Essentially, to stop global warming, net additions of CO2 into the atmosphere have to reach zero.
The Paris Agreement requires parties to put their best efforts forward to achieve net-zero emissions by the second half of the century.
Sweden becomes the first nation to initiate a mid-century net-zero target (2045) in law.
The IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C concludes that limiting temperature rise to 1.5°C and preventing the worst effects of climate change implies reaching net-zero emissions by mid-century and deep reductions in non-CO2 emissions.
The UN-led Race to Zero campaign is launched to drive net zero commitments.
Net-zero pledges cover over two-thirds (68%) of the global economy.
Who uses net-zero?
Carbon neutral vs. net-zero
What is a carbon neutral company?
When businesses, processes, and products reduce, then quantify their remaining carbon emissions and compensate for them through carbon offsetting programs, they become carbon neutral. Carbon offsets, in addition to carbon avoidance and reduction, are critical components of sustainable climate action.
What is a net-zero company?
A net-zero company is one that achieves a balance between the emissions produced by its operations and the emissions it eliminates from the atmosphere. Within the company's frame of reference, that can often mean the same thing. But as we explained above, for the planet, there is a key difference.
To sum up
The path toward net-zero starts with carbon neutrality. Companies can become carbon neutral right now by reducing their emissions as much as possible and then compensating for any unavoidable emissions through carbon offsetting projects. And that’s what we offer here at Stand For Trees. Through our business programs, you can support high-quality projects that prevent the destruction of old-growth forests and the release of carbon dioxide stored within them. Businesses deserve to have an active role in chartering a climate action plan to fit their business model and values. Becoming a climate leader with us is an exciting and rewarding ride and comes with benefits for communities, wildlife, and ecosystems.
No matter where you are on your journey, Stand For Trees can help you take the next step – and lessen the burden of climate change for the entire world.
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