Net Zero

What is net zero?

Governments and organisations are setting targets to reduce GHG emissions to “net zero” in efforts to mitigate climate change. Net zero can also be called "carbon neutral". Both mean deep reductions of GHG emissions with any residual emissions offset by removals of GHG emissions, either direct sequestration or through the purchase of carbon offsets/credits.  

Local authority climate emergency

Aether is working with local authorities to support them plan for net zero. We recognise that local authorities have a key role in climate action implementation and with the best knowledge of the needs of their citizens and opportunities of their area, are well placed to influence emissions. However, successful responses to climate emergencies need to be evidence based and framed by data. With a focus on long term action tracking and public and private engagement, Aether can help decision makers coordinate, focus and prioritise the “call to action”.

To understand the critical pathways to act on the climate emergency it is first necessary to understand the current emissions and the projects which could shape emission reduction. Data gives us the power to make the right decisions and maximise return on investment. Aether’s Carbon Scenario Model includes historical data and analysis of plausible future climate action scenarios and policies to reach net zero. The tools equip decision makers to demonstrate the current challenge and progress to date, identify gaps and prioritise options for future action. Aether offers bespoke modelling solutions of climate action underpinned by decades of experience to support cities and local authorities to help define and shape climate emergency declarations.

The road to net zero

Climate action can’t be viewed in isolation. To develop net zero roadmaps we lead discussions on the reduction pathways and options available related to level of ambition, technology and behavioural change, and the required order of actions and investments to enable sustained change. 

Relevant approaches to prioritise actions are already well known, such as the energy, transport and waste hierarchies. These must be supported through local enabling actions which should be set in place early. Linking strategy to implementation plans is crucial and we review current policies and how these can be transformed to enable progress to net zero.

Stakeholder engagement and forums such as citizen assemblies are central to the successful design of climate action. The priorities, needs and ambitions of the community inform the future pathway and give the confidence local governments or businesses need to set priorities and make long-term commitments.

We also analyse the wider impacts of net zero climate action, assessing the co-benefits and synergies possible with other strategic priorities, to garner cross-departmental support. Potential conflicts can be identified to minimise issues and maximise implementation sucess. You can read more about our wider impacts analysis here.

Testimonials

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“It has been a pleasure to work with Chris Dore and Richard Claxton from Aether: they did their job in a very professional and timely manner. The workshop was organized and carried out in a cooperative spirit; the information provided to the workshop participants was complete and clear.”

Alina Novikova, UN/ECE Secretariat

“It is always an absolute pleasure working with Aether. I always know what is expected of me. Their work ethic is of a very high standard and projects are always handled in a very professional manner. I have learnt many skills in terms of project management, quality control and workshop training styles from Aether and I hope to carry these principles forward in my own work. I look forward to collaborating with Aether more in the future.”

Luanne Stevens, Gondwana

“The team at Aether works very professionally and communicates very well which makes working with them a pleasure. Outputs are delivered on time to high quality. The team brings the rigour of technical knowledge and expertise and finds innovative ways of communicating complex messages. I would be happy to recommend the Aether team to organisations working on analysing and presenting emissions information in the public domain.”

Fiona Glover, States of Jersey

“Both the face-to-face training and the online version have been of high quality, with dynamic methods and a practical orientation that have allowed students to reach a solid knowledge base. The products have been delivered within the stipulated deadlines with an excellent quality and the team has always shown willingness to make adjustments according to the requirements of CONAF. We are very satisfied with the work. ”

Javier Cano Martín, Professional Unit for Climate Change and Environmental Services, CONAF (National Forestry Corporation), Chile

“A heartfelt thank you to all the Aether team for this very comprehensive review – this is certainly turning out to be one of the most beneficial capacity building projects I have ever been involved in.”

Saviour Vassallo, Senior Environment Protection Officer, Malta Resources Authority

“Aether is a great partner for work in the area of European Air Emissions. The team was committed, reliable, well organised and had a deep technical understanding and motivated other partners with their good spirit.”

Umweltbundesamt: Environment Agency Austria

“The Aether team were a joy to work with and I would recommend the consultancy - the service provided throughout the process was exceptional. Where there were problems, they provided solutions. The team were working to very short time scales but were able to deliver a high quality piece of work within the specified time frame.”

Sefton Council - for the Merseyside Atmospheric Emissions Inventory

“The professional service provided by your company was of very high quality and completed within agreed timelines.”

Matthew Dudley, UNFCCC Secretariat

“The support provided by Aether for this project was especially remarkable considering the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tools and methods used in order to engage local stakeholders really added value to the capacity building of the national team.”

Shanna Emmanuel, Saint Lucia BUR Project Coordinator

“Chris was excellent to work with and always very pro active in making suggestions, taking work forward and applying his considerable technical knowledge in effective ways.”

Robert Vaughan, Defra Air Quality Team

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