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Carbon Neutral

In this standard, the definition of a carbon-neutral footprint is a ‘condition in which during a specified period there has been no net increase in the global emission of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere as a result of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the subject during the same period’.

‘Net zero’ and ‘carbon neutral’ are two terms which are often used interchangeably, although there are differences between them.

Carbon neutrality is defined by an internationally recognised standard – PAS 2060 Specification for the demonstration of carbon neutrality – which sets out requirements for the quantification, reduction and offsetting of greenhouse gas emissions.

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