Net Zero is one of the most frequent expressions currently in the debates around the planetary climate crisis. But what is it?
Net Zero is the neutral balance between the volume of greenhouse gases (especially carbon gas) released into the atmosphere in relation to that removed from the atmosphere.
An important component of countries’ negotiations at global meetings like the COP (Conference of the Parties) – Net Zero is the “new measurement” for the commitments assumed by governments and companies to decarbonize their activities and contribute to the race against the intensification of global warming effects.
Controversial, the neutral balance concept opens space for projects (many already idealized) of capturing and stocking gases, deviating, or obliterating attention from the most urgent necessity of actually reducing a lot of emissions, and therefore has been criticized by some scientists.
This panel will try to answer questions such as: What are those who assumed commitments to NetZero effectively doing to achieve results? Can we expect corporations, industries, and governments to really throw themselves into that goal? Or is it doomed to be another aim not achieved? Even if the goal is achieved, is it going to be successful in keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius?
Alexandra GavilanoHead of Agriculture and Climate project, Greenpeace
A Swiss-Peruvian environmental scientist and activist for climate and social justice, and new democracy approaches. Currently working for Greenpeace Switzerland as head of the project for agriculture and climate. Alexandra has launched several environmental and educational initiatives, is part of the non-violent civil disobedience movement Extinction Rebellion and empowers people to be courageous to step out of their comfort zone and be active members of social transformation.
Flavia TeixeiraManager of Environment, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Energy Transition, ENGIE Brasil
Flavia has 25 years of professional legal and technical experience in environmental and urbanistic fields, working in public administration, the private sector, academia, and in the third sector. Graduated with a law degree from UFRJ, a master's degree in city law from UERJ, and an Executive MBA in Environment from COPPE-UFRJ. Minoring in licensing, post-licensing, environmental quality and climate change.
Lara MartinsHead of Relations and Network, Sistema B Brasil (B Lab)
As head of Relations and Network of Sistema B Brasil (B Lab), Lara supports Paloma Costa (Counsellor of the UN General Secretary) in the Latin American workgroup as well as the youth engagement at the Rio+30 Conference. Project Management Specialist from IAG/PUC-Rio and a Communications graduate with minors in Publicity and Entrepreneurship from the same institution. Currently studying for the ‘High Diploma in Sustainability and Social Justice - Perspectives for Change’ at CLACSO network of Post-Graduate in Social Sciences.
Matthew ShirtsCo-founder, Fervuranoclima
Journalist, co-founder of the online project @fervuranoclima, dedicated to global warming solutions. Also participates at @WorldObservatory. Former editor of the National Geographic Brazilian edition and Planeta Sustentável (Sustainable Planet).