Why Net Zero?

Big changes are coming

We can all make small changes which together have a big impact and help reduce the emissions we produce. Cutting down waste, being more energy efficient in our homes and businesses and switching to cleaner technologies reduces the amount of carbon we put into the atmosphere.

Right now, carbon emissions produced from everything from heating our homes, travelling in our cars and how our food is produced are way too high. These extra emissions are going into our atmosphere, causing global temperatures to rise and our climate to change. This is bringing with it more extreme and unpredictable weather, and could end up having a big impact on the way we all live our lives.

Net Zero is all about getting the right balance between the amount of carbon emissions we put into the atmosphere and the amount of carbon that is removed from it. It’s about doing things differently so that carbon emissions from our activities are much lower so they balance those emissions that are removed from the atmosphere naturally and by other means. If we don’t do this now, the impact of climate change is only going to get worse.

Big changes are coming. Our local councils across the Forth Valley, the Scottish and UK Governments, as well as many other governments around the world, have declared a climate emergency and are committed to achieving Net Zero. The UK is switching away from coal and gas to renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar. Our cars, buses and trains are going electric or switching to hydrogen and innovations such as carbon capture and storage are being explored to help us reach to Net Zero.

We can all do our bit. Many of the changes we can make don’t cost much and might even save money. The one thing we can’t do, is keep doing things the same way we’ve always done them.

What you can do

Get tips on what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint.

Forth Valley Net Zero Heroes

Meet the local heroes doing their bit to reduce carbon emissions.

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