Introducing Project Net Zero, a platform for change

Project Net Zero (projectnetzero.co.uk) provides tools and insights for carbon-conscious public sector organisations, with practical steps on how to reach their net zero targets.

BiU, the UK’s leading energy consultancy, launched the online platform for public sector bodies who are seeking to develop and deliver on their net zero strategies. Crucially, the site is a resource for action, not just intention, with advice on real-world solutions to meet net zero goals.

Net zero public sector: putting pledges into action

A wide range of public bodies have now declared ambitious net zero targets, many by 2030, well ahead of the UK’s legally binding 2050 goal. The NHS has formally adopted two targets: net zero by 2040 for emissions under NHS direct control, and a target of net zero by 2045 for emissions including the wider supply chain.

However, the challenge lies in putting pledges into action. While the majority of local authorities have declared climate emergencies and now have net zero targets in place, a recent poll by non-profit Icebreaker suggests that more than a third are not confident they will meet them. Another recent study by the ECA reveals that over half of public sector bodies and quangos have not yet made plans to reach net zero by 2050.

Enter, Project Net Zero. 

Project Net Zero guides organisations at all stages of their net zero journey, from initial target setting through to implementation.

An important feature of the site is its intelligent net zero calculator – which offers a personalised roadmap to net zero based on an organisation’s individual characteristics, such as core activities, budget, sector and level of ambition.

The site also offers a wealth of advice on practical solutions required to decarbonise, including energy efficient tech, renewable energy and offsetting. A technology provider directory makes it easier for organisations to connect with partners implementing carbon reduction measures.

To keep companies informed, an industry-leading Insights section features regular news, advice and analysis on net zero developments.

The race to net zero

The site launched just days after the US re-joined the Paris Agreement under Biden’s presidency, a move which means two-thirds of the world’s emissions are now covered by net zero commitments.

The UK enshrined its 2050 net zero target into law in 2019, and is developing policies to support the transition. Organisations with net zero targets futureproof themselves for tightening legislative frameworks, as well as creating opportunities for growth and innovation.

Importantly, large organisations are also pushing their supply chain to also set a net zero plan. These are often smaller businesses with limited resources, and Project Net Zero provides them with the tools they need to start their decarbonisation journey.

“Net zero presents a huge opportunity for organisations of all kinds, but we recognised the need for a comprehensive information platform that would show them how to get there – previously there has been no “go to” source for independent advice,” says Anthony Mayall, Chief Commercial Officer at BiU. “An organisation’s aspirations, budget and resources can determine the route it takes – Project Net Zero provides a tailored roadmap to help you set, progress and achieve your net zero goals.”

Get ahead of policy changes

2021 needs to be a defining year for action on climate change – especially for the UK, as it gears up to host the crucial COP26 climate conference in November. A number of major green policies are due from the government which will impact on public sector organisations:

The Transport Decarbonisation Plan: due to be published soon, this plan will affect all transport elements of public sector organisations.

The Heat and Buildings Strategy: due to be published soon, this strategy will set out immediate actions the government will take for reducing emissions from buildings, from low carbon heating to emissions reductions.

The Future Homes Standard and Future Buildings Standard: these will set higher performance targets for buildings from 2021 onwards, to get them “zero carbon ready” by 2025.

Learn more by visiting www.projectnetzero.co.uk