GLF Climate 2022: Frontiers of Change

 UTC+2 (Cairo, Lusaka, Harare)

#GLFLive - Climate crash course: What does “net zero” really mean?

Nov 3, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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GLF Live with Kate Dooley
At this point, it’s likely safe to assume most people who have found their way to this webpage are familiar with the term “net zero.” And it’s probably also a safe bet that the definition of net zero that comes to their minds is, loosely, a state in which greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere are balanced out by those removed. But is it that simple? Is it fair, or true, to summarize such a complex state of equilibrium so succinctly? How should emissions reductions and emissions offsetting be used together in this context? What about terms like “absolute zero” or “net zero aligned” – where do they fit in? When was the last time humans had a net-zero relationship with the atmosphere, and how have that again? In the last episode of our GLF Live mini-series of “climate crash courses” –15-minute lessons on foundational terms and topics we might have overlooked in our learnings – Kate Dooley, a renowned expert on climate mitigation and land-use, will break down this term for us, addressing if and how it’s real meaning can be achieved.