Carbon neutrality

What is carbon neutrality?

Carbon neutrality (NCO2) means achieving net zero carbon over a given time horizon by reducing, sequestering, substituting and offsetting the area’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

In other words, it means drastically reducing GHG emissions through a strong climate policy.

In France, the National Low Carbon Strategy (Stratégie Nationale Bas Carbone – SNBC) aims to achieve national carbon neutrality by 2050. This law represents the cornerstone of local authorities’ efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.

In the current context, the fight against climate change, which means reducing greenhouse gas emissions, anticipating the effects and being proactive, takes on greater meaning at local authority level. As a local authority is responsible for a living environment where human activities flourish, it also has a role to play in protecting that environment.

In order to do this, the territory cannot do it by using the resources and levers that fall within its remit. The NCO2 must be at the heart of a systemic dimension in which all the players in the area are made aware, informed and involved. These players include the economic fabric, the academic world and local authority employees, who are first and foremost the citizens who make up this ecosystem.

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