Net Zero – why we’re not waiting for the magic wand of new technologies

Last updated: 16th March 2022

JRP's Net Zero and Sustainability Experts are speaking out to challenge 8 of the most common Net Zero Myths. Our Net Zero Myth 7: “We need new technologies before we can significantly reduce emissions from heating, lighting and power.” JRP's Principal Energy Consultant Simon Matthews, explains why we don’t need to wait for the magic wand of new technologies.

This is the 7th in our series of video blogs dispelling 8 common Net Zero Myths. Here are all the blogs for you to view and share with colleagues:

Myth 1:

“The UK only accounts for just over 1% of the World’s emissions so we can’t really do much to make a difference”. Director George Richards takes the sceptics head on. View

Myth 2:

“We can reduce our emissions a bit but then we can just offset the rest to reach Net Zero.” Sustainability Director Carol Somper outs the offsetting greenwashers. View

Myth 3:

“We have reduced our energy level and production emissions and so we must be nearly at Net Zero.” Senior Net Zero and Sustainability Consultant Elinor Kershaw gives a clear and concise explanation of why most of your organisation’s emissions are likely to be beyond your direct energy use and production. View

Myth 4:

“We have gas and electricity data so we can now calculate our carbon footprint.” JRP’s Principal Sustainability and Energy Consultant, Wendy Cheeseman, gives an eye-opening explanation of what data is really required. View

Myth 5:

“We buy in most of our materials so don’t have a very big carbon footprint.” Sustainability Director, Carol Somper, corrects a carbon footprint myth with some staggering stats. View

Myth 6:

“Most emissions savings will come through technological improvements and advances.” Managing Director Jes Rutter busts this myth thoroughly with his explanation of the huge potential of more than 140 people led interventions. View

Myth 7:

“We need new technologies before we can significantly reduce emissions from heating, lighting and power.” Principal Energy Consultant Simon Matthews explains why we don’t need to wait for the magic wand of new technologies. View

Myth 8:

“Organisations can make whatever Net Zero claims that they like because there is no standard to hold them to.” Sustainability Director Carol Somper challenges the “weaselly words” from organisations that should know better. View

If you’d like to talk to any of our sustainability, Net Zero and carbon experts, please don’t hesitate to get in touch [email protected] or call 0800 6127 567.



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