Unified Metrics Library - Net-Zero target

Helper question

Does the company have a target date to reach Net-Zero GHG emissions during the period?


A net-zero emissions balance is achieved when the amount of greenhouse gas released into the atmosphere is neutralized.


Boolean: Yes or No


Net-zero standards require companies to cut their GHG or greenhouse gas emissions to as close to zero as possible. The EU Green Deal, accompanied by European Climate Law, puts forward an ambitious goal of being the first climate-neutral continent by 2050 while slashing its emissions by 55 per cent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

Regulatory Definition

Net Zero refers to the amount of greenhouse gases (GHGs) – such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane or sulphur dioxide – that are removed from the atmosphere being equal to those emitted by human activity. Emissions reductions would generally follow a certain trajectory, e.g. 1.5°C. Any residual emissions would generally focus on GHG sequestration from the atmosphere.



There are different ways and feasibility paths to achieve net zero emissions, and different organizations should use an approach aligned with their size, sector, current emissions intensity, and specific circumstances and goals. However, organisations like the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) provide a comprehensive set of targets to align with sector-specific efforts.