How companies can get net-zero right

As the corporate world plans for net-zero emissions by 2050, a few principles should guide our collective thinking

In May, more than 150 corporations worth US$2.4 trillion joined a United Nations–backed, CEO-led climate advocacy effort asking governments to align their economic recovery plans with “reaching net-zero emissions well before 2050.” Far-sighted businesses know that when we emerge from the pandemic, they’ll be facing another global crisis: climate change. Some companies are starting to set out broad frameworks indicating how they’ll meet the ambitious climate target. But beyond a feel-good corporate buzzword, what does getting to net-zero really mean – and how do we make sure it’s more than just a lofty goal?

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