The Net Zero Initiative framework offers organizations a way to describe and organize their climate action in order to maximize their contribution to global carbon neutrality, and avoid the usual greenwashing mistakes.
The framework is based on several key principles:
The term "carbon neutrality" (or "net zero") refers only to the goal of balancing emissions and removals on a global scale. This term does not apply to an organization.
Organizations must contribute fairly to the global net zero target, and transform their activities to become compatible with a net zero planet.
Emission reductions and carbon removals shall be counted separately.
"Contributing to global net zero" also applies to the sales of solutions that decarbonize the company's customers. There are two families of avoided emissions: those that correspond to a real absolute decrease in the level of global emissions, and those that are only a "lesser increase" compared to the initial situation.
Carbon finance can trigger reduction, avoidance and removals, but cannot net a company's emissions. Financial contributions are counted separately.