The UK’s National Awareness Week
17th – 23rd July 2021

#NetZeroWeek2021

The UK’s National Awareness Week
17th – 23rd July 2021

A new chapter in
#OurGreatestPursuit

What is net zero?

Net zero is the world’s answer to stopping climate change. On the 27th June 2019, the UK became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end our contribution to climate change. The legislation committed the nations of the UK to reduce all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Net zero means any remaining emissions would be offset by schemes to remove an equivalent amount of greenhouse gases. The EU and many other nations have now agreed to do the same, meaning net zero has been adopted as the best strategy to protect us and the natural world from rising global temperatures.

Net zero differs from ‘carbon neutral’ as this can be achieved by simply offsetting the carbon emissions of a business or home; whereas net zero, in spirit, means reducing emissions to their lowest amount through energy efficiency measures and then using offsetting as a last resort to balance remaining hard to remove emissions.

Why is Net Zero Week
important?

Why is Net Zero Week important?

We all need to radically reduce our carbon emissions to combat the effects of climate change. Reaching net zero will require many new measures, innovative solutions, aggressive government policies and plenty of human effort both at work and at home.

Net Zero Week is part of this much needed momentum. The UK’s national awareness week highlights our challenge and provides the best expert advice and information to help us all better understand the challenge and how to benefit from making changes. Our greatest pursuit requires us all to take on our fair share of tackling emissions to stop global warming.

How did we get to
net zero?

What is the
government doing?

What is the government doing?

Boris Johnson published The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution which will help the UK to become a net zero society.

“Imagine how our Green Industrial Revolution could transform life across our United Kingdom. You cook your breakfast using hydrogen power before getting in your electric car, having charged it overnight from batteries made in the Midlands. Around you the air is cleaner, and the trucks and trains, ships and planes are running on hydrogen or a synthetic fuel.”
PM Boris Johnson, November 2020

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More offshore
wind power

Develop enough wind power generation
to power every home by 2030

Supporting 60,000 jobs
Reduce emissions by 21m tonnes between 2023-2032

Invest in low carbon
hydrogen gas

Support hydrogen, to replace fossil fuel gas,
for heating and transport fuel

Supporting 8,000 jobs
Reduce emissions by 41m tonnes between 2023 -2032

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Deliver new and
advanced nuclear power

Pursue both large-scale and modern
small reactor power stations

Supporting 10,000 new jobs
Unlock £300m private money for small reactors

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Shift to zero
emission vehicles

End the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from
2030 and hybrids from 2035

Supporting 40,000 new jobs
Reduce emissions by 300m tonnes by 2050

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More green public transport,
cycling & walking

Increase more active and sustainable transport,
and fund thousands of net zero buses

Supporting 3,000 jobs
Reduce emissions by 2m tonnes between 2023-2032

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Green planes
and ships

Invest in zero emission planes and support
sustainable fuel

Supporting 5,200 jobs
Reduce emissions by 15m+ tonnes by 2050

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Greener buildings

Make our buildings more energy efficient
and move away from fossil fuel gas boilers

Supporting 50,000 jobs
Reduce emissions by 71m tonnes between 2023-2032

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Invest in carbon
capture technologies

Capture 10m tonnes of CO2 by 2030 and invest
in carbon usage & storage systems

Supporting 50,000 jobs
Reduce emissions by 40m tonnes between 2023-2032

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Protect our environment

Safeguard our natural environment
to boost biodiversity and help
naturally capture CO2

Supporting 20,000 jobs
Up to £5.2bn for flood defences

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Green finance
and innovation

Develop new sources of finance for
green technologies and reduce the
cost of our net zero transition

Potentially 100,000s of jobs
£1bn government funding

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More offshore
wind power

Develop enough wind power generation
to power every home by 2030

Supporting 60,000 jobs
Reduce emissions by 21m tonnes between 2023-2032

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Invest in low carbon
hydrogen gas

Support hydrogen, to replace fossil fuel
gas, for heating and transport fuel

Supporting 8,000 jobs
Reduce emissions by 41m tonnes between 2023 -2032

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Deliver new
and advanced
nuclear power

Pursue both large-scale and modern
small reactor power stations

Supporting 10,000 new jobs
Unlock £300m private money for small reactors

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Shift to zero
emission vehicles

End the sale of new petrol and diesel
cars and vans from 2030 and hybrids
from 2035

Supporting 40,000 new jobs
Reduce emissions by 300m tonnes by 2050

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More green public
transport, cycling
and walking

Increase more active and sustainable
transport, and fund thousands of
net zero buses

Supporting 3,000 jobs
Reduce emissions by 2m tonnes between 2023-2032

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Green planes
and ships

Invest in zero emission planes and
support sustainable fuel

Supporting 5,200 jobs
Reduce emissions by 15m+ tonnes by 2050

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10

Greener buildings

Make our buildings more energy
efficient and move away from fossil fuel
gas boilers

Supporting 50,000 jobs
Reduce emissions by 71m tonnes between 2023-2032

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3

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Invest in carbon
capture technologies

Capture 10m tonnes of CO2 by 2030
and invest in carbon usage & storage
systems

Supporting 50,000 jobs
Reduce emissions by 40m tonnes between 2023-2032

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Protect our
environment

Safeguard our natural environment to
boost biodiversity and help naturally
capture CO2

Supporting 20,000 jobs
Up to £5.2bn for flood defences

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Green finance
and innovation

Develop new sources of finance for
green technologies and reduce the cost
of our net zero transition

Potentially 100,000s of jobs
£1bn government funding

What can I do?

Every person, every home and every business have an important role to play. Whether you are a homeowner, rent accommodation, run a business or even a school – we are all connected in everything we do and we can all contribute and gain the many benefits.

33%

of emissions are consumer based
from our homes and cars

Going net zero made easy

Going net zero
made easy

When zero means more for you and better for everyone else

We reveal how to make your home greener overnight without costing money. Then, help you explore net zero living with our simple help cards which will unlock big financial rewards for reducing your personal emissions.

Net zero simply means improving life and giving back to our environment

33%

of emissions are consumer
based from our homes and cars

When small business
means business

Taking on net zero just means taking on your share

99%

of all UK businesses are small and
medium sized enterprises

Going net zero means accepting your responsibility and reaping the benefits. We have developed a range of information and content with experts so that you can discover different opportunities whilst tackling your emissions.

Going net zero means a better business and a better environment for everyone

99%

of all UK businesses are small
and medium sized enterprises

67%

of emissions come from
public and private businesses

Big business means being bold

Net zero means taking on the fight and winning

We have curated content from trade and professional bodies to respected commentators and leading brands to help you explore more opportunities and benefits on the path towards net zero.

Going net zero means a more resilient business and tackling climate change

67%

of emissions come from public
and private businesses

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