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The Net Zero conversation is a relatively new addition to the larger climate change mitigation conversation. It originated with the “negative emissions” math needed to achieve a 1.5o C or 2o C target at the societal level, and transitioned from there to the same kind of corporate targets characterized originally by the Science Based Targets inititive. But there are big questions associated with the entire Net Zero movement:

  • Does the idea of “net” emissions hold water as climate change progresses?
  • What are the scientific and climate sensitivity assumptions required for Net Zero?
  • Do corporate Net Zero commitments represents the “Fallacy of Division?”
  • How important are negative emissions to achieving 1.5o or 2o C targets?
  • Are Net Zero targets by 2050 good or bad for climate change mitigation?
  • Where on the continuum from Evidence-Based, to Greenwishing, and ultimate Greenwashing decision-making do Net Zero targets fall?
  • What role will offsets play in achieving Net Zero targets?
  • What role can Nature Based Solutions play in achieving Net Zero targets?

These are the kinds of questions the Climate Web, based on 20,000 hours of knowledge curation, can help you explore. This Lite Roadmap organizes some of the resources available to you.

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The Premium Net Zero Roadmap digs much deeper into the topics already flagged at the top of this page, among others. Representing hundreds of hours of research and knowledge curation, the Premium Roadmap links together together explanatory materials, topical headings, individual reports, news stories, videos, and websites, curated topical dashboards for exploring key topics, and even individual ideas and graphics the Climatographers have extracted from a wide range of key sources. The Premium Net Zero Roadmap walks you through:

  • The history of the Net Zero conversation
  • The science of Net Zero
  • The role of Net Zero in achieving 1.5o or 2o C targets
  • The proliferation of Net Zero business commitments
  • Net Zero as greenwashing or greenwishing
  • Net Zero and carbon offsets
  • And much more

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Climate Assumptions Audit

Business decision-makers are expected to incorporate climate risks and opportunities into their planning and decision-making. But these are relatively new topics for many decision-makers, and all kinds of underlying assumptions are in play when it comes to:

  • Climate change itself
  • The business materiality of climate risks and opportunities
  • The economics of climate change and climate change mitigation
  • The changing probabilities of extreme events and business disruptions
  • The timing of potential climate change and climate policy tipping points
  • The likely evolution of climate policies and measures
  • How climate risks will play out at the sectoral level

There are too many potential assumptions for a fixed Roadmap, but the Climate Web is structured to make it possible to re-visit and potentially challenge all kinds of climate assumptions. Learn more at this dedicated Climate Site.

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