Zero emissions is a term that refers to the process of avoiding and no longer producing the heat-trapping gases (e.g. C02 and methane) that are produced in the daily activities of our homes, organisations or businesses. They are produced from the electricity we use, the hot water we consume, the vehicles we drive, the food waste we dispose of and more. For the Jewish community, reaching zero emissions would include: switching to renewable energy, installing solar, electrifying our homes, organisations and businesses, reducing or sustainably processing food waste, and switching to electric vehicles. This is not an exhaustive list and each household, organisation or business journey will look a little different.
There are some emissions that are out of our control, or cannot be dealt with until later in the journey (e.g. the fuel emissions from necessary air travel). Reaching ‘net’ zero emissions involves ‘offsetting’ those hard-to-abate gases, by supporting nature-based solutions and technologies that draw down those emissions from the atmosphere.