FAQ: What is the difference between net zero and zero carbon?

Net zero and Zero carbon are both terms that refer to achieving a balance between greenhouse gas emissions and removals. However, there are a few differences between the meanings of each term: -Net Zero – The balance between emissions produced and the removals that are achieved. This means that the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere is equal to the amount that are removed. -Zero Carbon – The total elimination of carbon dioxide (CO2) within emissions. The aim of Zero carbon is to ensure that emissions are reduced as much as possible, with any remaining emissions being counteracted by carbon removal schemes. When comparing the two terms, net zero refers to all greenhouse gas emissions, and zero carbon relates only to CO2 emissions.