World Rainforest Movement

Zero net emissions: neither net nor zero

Rec_emisoras netaWhat does “net” means for the World Bank? An article in the Mexican newspaper “La Jornada” warns about the problem of so-called “zero net emissions”, a concept strongly emphasized in a recent World Bank report. The author Silvia Ribeiro explains that the term is a trap designed to mislead: it is not about lowering emissions nor “zero emissions” but by adding the word “net”, power is given to companies to continue polluting if they propose accounting systems where emissions are supposedly “absorbed” or “compensated” elsewhere, and thus, the result would be zero. In practice, this means no emission reduction, but rather an increase in emissions and profits from a social and environmental disaster.

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