From Net Zero to Nature Positive: What’s the Difference?

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Navigating Corporate Sustainability: Unpacking Net Zero and Nature Positive Goals

Two prominent buzzwords have been gaining momentum in Corporate Sustainability —Net Zero and Nature Positive goals. While both underscore the importance of environmental responsibility, understanding the difference is crucial for companies aiming to align with robust reporting standards such as SBTI (Science-Based Targets Initiative) and TNFD (Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures).

Net Zero goals primarily focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to a point where the company’s emissions output is reduced to zero. This is often achieved through a combination of emission reductions and carbon offsetting strategies. SBTI provides a framework for companies to set emission reduction targets in line with the Paris Agreement, ensuring a science-based approach to climate action.

On the other hand, a Nature Pledge extends beyond carbon neutrality to address the broader impact on biodiversity and ecosystems. TNFD and SBTN, counterparts to TCFD and SBTi , provide a framework for companies to disclose and manage their dependencies and impact on Nature. TNFD emphasises the importance of understanding and preserving biodiversity, recognizing that a thriving natural environment is fundamental to sustainable business practices.

As companies set ambitious climate targets, it’s essential to recognize that achieving Net Zero is just one piece of the sustainability puzzle. Nature Pledges encourage a holistic approach, promoting actions that not only reduce environmental harm but actively regenerate and support ecosystems. By adopting both Net Zero as well as a Nature Pledge, companies can ensure a comprehensive and impactful corporate sustainability strategy.

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