Achieving Net Zero

In the race to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions in buildings, operations and supply chains, our strategic framework supports organisations on their journey to a Net Zero future

What does Net Zero mean?

According to the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi), “Net Zero emissions are achieved when anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere are balanced by anthropogenic removals over a specified period.”

Net Zero: why is it essential?

In response to meet the ambitious, yet essential, global warming target of 1.5°C set out in the Paris Agreement, reducing carbon emissions alone is not sufficient. In December 2019, the UN announced that going beyond that temperature will moist certainly lead to catastrophic disaster.

We need to go one step further in order to halt the climate emergency. Therefore, a Net Zero future is the only future to contemplate.

How to achieve Net Zero

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. Simply put, this means balancing associated emissions produced by an organisation’s operations and supply chain, and emissions taken out of the atmosphere.

Achieving this requires coordinated action touching on many aspects of the organisation. What may seem daunting can be broken down into strategic and manageable pathways for transformation that starts with analytics, moves on to developing solutions, and ends in implementing change.

Our path to Net Zero

Our strategic framework focuses on four key areas for organisations to consider on the path to Net Zero. Click below to learn more:

AVOID Avoid future carbon emissions through evaluating the data, designing and making decisions differently
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REDUCE Reduce current greenhouse gases through greater efficiency in energy and materials, and using renewables
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INVEST Invest in removing carbon elsewhere within your value chain
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INNOVATE Innovate through collaboration in green finance, clean technology, big data and social movements
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Activating Net Zero Podcast Series

With the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) declaring a ‘Race to Zero’ ahead of COP 26 next year in the UK, many corporations, cities, municipalities and governments are pledging to move to a Net Zero emissions performance for carbon and greenhouse gases. Through our new Activating Net Zero podcast series, we explore – in bitesize episodes – what this means, and how organisations can break this down into manageable actions, through our Net Zero framework.


Avoid Emissions through better design

Avoid emissions through better design

Smart decision-making and intelligent design can be used to set a low greenhouse gas trajectory that avoids future emissions even as your business and organisation grows.

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Reduce carbon through renewables, efficiency and waste reduction

Cleaner, more efficient operations and supply chains result in a better performance across all aspects of a triple bottom-line account. Investing in renewable energy production, reduced energy consumption, materials and other resources all help bring down costs and carbon equivalents, leading to a return.

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Invest in carbon insetting & offsetting

Invest in removing greenhouse gases within your value chain

Many organisations’ ambitions to achieve a Net Zero performance will require investing in solutions outside of their operations, using techniques such as carbon capture and use to neutralize residual emissions. Emerging areas of interest include developing in-setting opportunities within value chains.

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Innovate with technology

Innovate through collaboration and new technologies

Rapidly building a climate positive future will call on human ingenuity and collaboration on an unprecedented scale. New ways of working, technologies, changing behaviours and values require innovation fusing finance, information, technology and human behaviour.

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Net Zero Agenda

Targeting Net Zero by 2050: The COVID-19 Impact

We have an urgent choice to make on how to direct our finance, technology and policies as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and aim for net zero carbon targets by 2050. How will COVID-19 impact our next steps, and which scenario will we choose?



Guidance for reaching Net Zero Targets

TCFD: Exploring the Guidance for Private Equity

In March 2020, the UN Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) launched a technical guide on implementing TCFD for private equity general partners (‘the Guide’).

The Guide sets out the actions that GPs can take to address the four-pillar framework of the recommendations proposed by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), and was contributed to by a range of private equity General Partners (GPs), Limited Partners (LPs) and advisors.


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Our Net Zero Team

Jono Adams
Director, UK
Debbie Hitchen
Director, UK
Tobias Parker
Director, UK
Sara Telahoun
Senior Consultant – Cities Specialist
Nadège Trocellier
Climate Change Manager, Anthesis Lavola
Josh Whitney
Executive Director, Anthesis Ventures

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