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Five tough questions about net zero climate targets

This piece in the UK’s Independent newspaper, by several researchers from the University of Oxford, sets out five questions that (they argue) should be considered by any policymaker or business setting a “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions target.

The five questions are:

  1. What does the target cover, in terms of geographical scope, direct or indirect activities in a supply chain, and specific greenhouse gases?
  2. When is the deadline? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change requires global net zero by 2050, but since this is a global average, some institutions will have to reach net zero before this.
  3. How will the target be achieved, and if the strategy relies on new technologies, what steps are being taken to develop those technologies?
  4. What are you doing immediately to meet your targets?
  5. How will you stay on track over 30 years of disruptive change?

Read the full piece, Five tough questions to ask about reaching net zero climate targets, here. See also the Foodsource building block Agricultural methane and its role as a greenhouse gas.

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