The phrase “net-zero emission” is currently one of the most prevalent globally. But what exactly is net-zero? Net-zero is an idea that was coined by scientists in order to envision an effective and feasible future where emissions are reduced so much that they are offset by natural processes. With the rise of global warming, the necessity of combating climate change has become something that we must focus on as a world, and the path to choose to successfully stimulate that activism is “net-zero”.

The term “net zero-emission sustainable world” has been defined as a future where the production of greenhouse gas is eliminated or balanced by removals so that no additional emissions can be put into the atmosphere. So, a world with zero emissions will decrease our dependence on fossil fuels and eventually reduce the risk of global warming impacting our planet.

In order to achieve this zero-emission goal, we first have to work towards achieving a more sustainable mode of life for all citizens on Earth. As a pioneer in that process, all world leaders must work together to lead and boost their fellow citizens. Thus there are a number of actions that can be taken by leaders on how to navigate the net-zero target setting process and commit to meaningful emissions reduction goals and the main outstanding actions are as follows.

To reach the net-zero concept by reducing emissions, we must first have a good awareness of it and understand how the actions of an individual affect this process. Here, leaders can educate their people and give them a proper understanding of the emission and the concept of the net-zero sustainable world.

After educating the public on the concept of zero emissions, setting challenging net-zero goals from time to time is essential to achieving a sustainable world with zero emissions. Every individual needs a great commitment globally when it comes to emissions. As leaders, publishing a detailed plan that explains how you will get there is also a key element. It can be seen that many organizations around the world have already set goals in this regard. For example, “Saudi Aramco” is one such organization that is predicted to be the only oil company to increase its oil and gas production by 2030, compared to the 2021 level under a zero-emission situation. Therefore, developing and releasing a clear roadmap for each component of your emissions, complete with interim goals, will allow you to track and communicate your progress.

In both cases mentioned above, leaders must be pioneers. The process of creating and sustaining corporate acquisitions can be seen as another such necessity for leaders to be more proactive. That is, decarbonization is a long process that requires the purchase and support of many people over many years. Decarbonization necessitates big operational changes throughout any organization and the leadership must be on board from the beginning. If this concept is socialized properly with great leadership, the investment and resources for the sustainable decarbonized organization will be a common understanding throughout the world.

Reducing emissions that are directly related to an organization is relatively easy. There is another aspect to consider and that is the emission which is in “Scope 3”. Because of that, frequent engagement with outside parties and employees is a must when meeting the emissions in scope 3. These scope 3 mean the emissions which are not under the company’s direct operational control. The Scope 3 emissions can be reduced by taking strategies such as reducing business travel, reducing the waste generated by organizations, and increasing working with local transport modes rather than using private transportation. Additionally, engaging directly with suppliers to decarbonize acquired commodities such as IT hardware, telephone, and other business services also will help to reduce the scope 3 emissions. Because your suppliers are likely to contribute the majority of your value chain’s emissions, they must be a vital element of your reduction strategy.

After all these actions, customers also can play an important role in the journey to net-zero emission. In addition to your journey as an organization to reduce emissions, you can play an equally important role in helping customers reduce their own GHG usage with the help of technological solutions and expertise.

Organizations all across the world are striving to achieve net-zero emissions, and your expertise in establishing and implementing a net-zero commitment is useful and important. Customers will appreciate it if you share it with them. It’s critical that more businesses join the net-zero movement, and sharing your story with customers makes their own journey more interesting.

In almost every case mentioned above, the role of all as leaders is comprehensible. As an AIESECer you can also be a pioneer here. How is that? The answer is simple! As a global messenger, you can volunteer to take the message to the world. But before you take any action, you need to educate yourself first in every aspect relating to the concepts of a “zero-emission sustainable world”. Through volunteering, you can support this process by promoting solutions and educating others.

The world has already started to see the need to change. With greenhouse gasses in mind, policymakers around the world have been looking for ways to promote the reduction in carbon emissions as well as increase the efficiency of various products and services. So, as AIESECers, let’s do our part to help the world. Make Your Change is Now.

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