Net zero: the basics in 30 seconds

To help you start on the path to net zero, we’ve created this page explaining the basics and what your organisation can do to achieve net zero.

We must reach net zero carbon emissions globally by 2050 to limit global warming to manageable levels.

This means rapidly reducing the emissions being released into the Earth’s atmosphere and removing greenhouse gases to avoid dangerous climate change.

Net zero business benefits

By reducing carbon emissions and moving to net zero, your business can:

  • cut energy and transport costs
  • qualify for tax benefits
  • meet environmental regulations
  • attract new customers and investors
  • help those in your supply chain meet new targets
  • attract and retain employees who care about the environment

What you can do to get to net zero

Reduce your carbon footprint now

You can take no-cost or low-cost actions to reduce energy costs now.

Involve your team

Get your team involved to engage them in initiatives that reduce carbon and save on energy costs.

Make a plan to reduce your carbon footprint

Make a pledge by joining the internationally recognised SME Climate Commitment.

Measure your carbon emissions using a free carbon calculator.

Use our Calculate the cost of your carbon emissions page to find out how much you could save by switching to greener business practices.

Take action to reduce your carbon footprint

Set short and long-term goals to reduce carbon emissions:

Visit Browse by theme to find more detailed plans on how to reduce carbon emissions.

Find out about how other SMEs have taken action in our case studies.

Track and share your progress

Set annual reduction targets to give you a goal to work towards. Track your progress and share this on your website.

Share your progress with stakeholders. Let customers, employees, suppliers and the board know about your targets and how you are tracking. You can do this in a complete sustainability report, an internal report, on in an annual report.

Encourage businesses within your network to take action.

Find finance and support

There is both free and paid help available. For example, you could: