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25th August, 2021 |

3 minutes read

What is net-zero?

Lisa Graveling, head of marketing

In 2019 the UK government set a target to make the UK net-zero by 2050. But do you know what net zero means?

We recently carried out some research that showed that while most people think sustainability is important, they were less sure what net zero or the Government's target is.

Here's what our net-zero research showed...


people were surveyed by YouGov from across the UK and this is what they said...


of respondents felt environmental sustainability was important


hadn't heard of the Government's net-zero target


hadn't heard of the phrase "net-zero"

What is net-zero?

Net-zero is all about the balance between the amount of carbon produced and the amount of carbon removed from the atmosphere.

“This balance – or net-zero – will happen when the amount of carbon we add to the atmosphere is no more than the amount removed.” Energy Saving Trust.

What can WE do?

There are lots of little things we can all do to "go green". 50 simple ways to make your life green is a helpful guide covering everything from cooking and cleaning to fashion and finance. Here's a few ideas for starters:

  • Heating - it's a big part of carbon emissions and a good place to start, you may even save a few pennies. Can you switch to a green energy tariff and save some money along the way? Our energy tips will tell you how to switch providers and give you more cost-cutting ideas too.
  • Travel - could you be greener with your travel plans? Are you car sharing, taking public transport or walking instead of taking the car where you can?
  • Shop local where you can
  • Eat less meat - going vegan can remove 0.8 tonnes of carbon per person each year. And while that’s not for everyone, why not go vegan one day a week? Meat Free Monday is packed with tasty recipes to inspire you.
  • Let it grow - plants are great for absorbing carbon – whether it’s a pot on the windowsill, or wildflowers and letting your lawn grow, it all helps.


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