The Inspiration for NetZero
Climate Change is the biggest crisis that currently confronts humankind. Research indicates that in order to avoid the worst climate impacts, global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will not only need to drop by half by 2030, then reach net-zero around mid-century.
Recognizing this urgency, an unprecedented number of business and local government leaders are supporting strong national climate ambition through the U.N. High-Level Climate Champions’ Race to Zero campaign. The global initiative sets minimum criteria for designing net-zero targets, asking regions, cities, businesses, investors, and civil society to pledge to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 and submit a plan in advance of the next U.N. Climate Summit in 2021. This comes on the heels of the U.N. Secretary-General asking countries to come forward with net-zero targets. In addition, a growing number of countries have joined the Climate Ambition Alliance with aspirations to reach net-zero emissions.
What are Net-Zero Emissions?
As we all are aware the human lifestyle causes greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). These are caused by burning fossil fuels for meeting our energy and transportation needs, in the manufacturing of products and services we consume in our daily lives, etc.
Firstly GHG emissions can be reduced by switching to lower carbon fuels or renewable energy – as an example solar or wind power to the grids, and electric mobility solutions (metro train systems, electric cars, and buses, etc). However, these interventions will not be able to completely eliminate the GHG. Hence the remaining GHG’s should be balanced with an equivalent amount of carbon removal that can be achieved by restoring forests/planting trees or by direct air capture and storage of the Co2.
A combination of reduction and balancing will eventually create climate neutrality and the world will achieve net-zero emissions
How does this App help achieve Net-zero emissions?
The three main enablers of reducing GHG emissions are policy, technology, and behavior. This application focuses on the last element and provides a carbon tracking tool that allows any individual user to measure the impact of their behavior on GHG emissions. The application further enables the individual to actually take an affirmative action not just in reducing the GHG emissions that they are directly responsible for, but also allowing them a simple method of balancing the emissions by planting trees. The makers of the application believe that once human beings are confronted with data on how their lifestyle impacts the climate and provided with tools to mitigate the impact, this will drive a change in behavior and create a positive impact on the global initiative to a Net Zero-emission world by 2050.