How quickly can net zero really happen? There is much talk and bold pledges around the net zero issue, but how realistic are all the commitments being made and will fine words be turned into real and lasting action that makes a difference, Tim Chapman asks. A whole slew of governments, authorities and companies are making strident commitments to achieve net zero in increasingly ambitious timeframes. Their enthusiasm is greatly welcomed, but just how realistic is it? We are all inured to political promises that never quite match reality and so would love these aspirations to be well thought through and deliverable, without the usual smoke, mirrors and let-out clauses hidden in the fine print. There are five major factors to consider – three of which might be discouraging, one is mixed, and the fifth is intriguing and hasn’t yet entered most people’s consciousness.
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