What does net zero actually mean?

This ThinkIn is in partnership with Capgemini

Definitions vary; some are dismissed as greenwash. But genuinely cutting net global CO2 emissions to zero is a colossal undertaking. What will it take in terms of efficiencies, offsets, offset certification and even geo-engineering? What could it mean once achieved in terms of temperature, precipitation, sea levels and glaciation? As we obsess about the costs and obstacles, are we losing sight of the potential benefits?


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editor and invited experts

Giles Whittell
Sensemaker Editor

Dr. James Robey
Global Head of Environmental Sustainability, Capgemini

Professor Sir Robert Watson,
International authority on climate change and biodiversity

Emma Watson
Senior Manager for Net-Zero, SBTi at CDP