Do you know the difference between zero-carbon and carbon-neutral?

difference between zero-carbon and carbon-neutral

Sustainability comes with its own terminology, and some terms are more similar than others. In this article, we explain the difference between carbon zero and carbon neutral.

Carbon Zero

We speak of Carbon Zero when there is no production of carbon emissions derived from a product or service, that is, no carbon was emitted from the first moment, so it is not necessary to capture or offset the carbon.

For example, a domestic or commercial building that is off the grid, runs entirely on solar energy, and uses zero fossil fuels.

Carbon neutral

Being “carbon neutral” means removing as much CO2 from the atmosphere as we emit, that is, having a balance between carbon emission and carbon absorption from the atmosphere.

To achieve carbon neutrality, the first thing we must do is reduce our carbon footprint through a change in habits and consumption.

Your company can also achieve this goal. Initially, critical points in your carbon footprint must be identified and measures taken to reduce those emissions. Some actions can be:

  • Keep energy usage to a minimum or switch to renewable energy, which do not produce carbon dioxide.
  • Limit travel and promote other meeting alternatives, such as video conferencing.
  • Promote electronic communications, reduce paper use and print only when absolutely necessary and try to reuse these prints.
  • Recycle by properly sorting the waste.

However, in addition to reducing the carbon footprint, to become carbon neutral what you must do is offset the emissions that cannot be reduced.


We can help!

At Climatetrade we want to give everyone the possibility of offsetting their carbon footprint by supporting sustainable projects that help to mitigate the effects of climate change or those that directly have a positive impact on the environment.

We offer you a simple way to offset your carbon footprint, through carbon credits, supporting environmental projects around the world, mainly in emerging countries, with the aim of balancing your own carbon footprints, expressed in tons of CO2 emitted to the atmosphere.

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