Building blocks for net zero transformation

Net zero carbon emissions in each sector

Achieving the net zero ambition requires a sustainable strategy. A strategy that involves the entire chain, resulting in a complete transformation of the business model, the buying and selling of business units and the value chain. These nine building blocks help achieve net zero as a step towards sustainable progress.

Net zero carbon emissions in each sector

Nine building blocks to net zero

Companies need to understand the impact of net zero on growth strategy, adapt the organisation's business model in many cases and embed net zero in all business functions. From governance and supply chains to finance and innovation - net zero encompasses every element of the business.

To support companies on their net zero journey, PwC has defined nine key building blocks for corporate net zero transformation. This 'blueprint' helps organisations across sectors and from strategy to transformation and reporting.

Each building block:

  • Defines the checklist of critical actions companies need to undertake to transform to net zero;
  • Explains why these actions are important; and
  • Provides practical and actionable guidance for companies to follow.

Checklist of key actions:

Aligned to achieving global net zero by no later than 2050 & to limit warming to 1.5C.

Accountability driven from the top

Embedded and aligned net zero into company strategy

Key operating model changes in support of transformation

Transformed net zero supply chain

Developed innovation and technologies to deliver net zero

Financing the net zero transformation

Communicating action

Enhancing the pace and scale of net zero action

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Net zero goes beyond carbon neutrality

Net zero goes beyond carbon neutrality

  • Carbon emissions are being reduced to zero in three scopes. 
    • Scope 1 involves the direct emissions from the organisation's activities, such as the production process. 
    • Scope 2 involves the indirect emission released during the production of procured energy. 
    • Scope 3 involves the indirect emission in the value chain, both at suppliers and customers, e.g. production and transport of raw materials, staff commuting and waste processing.
  • The emission reduction target is based on the latest insights from climate science, i.e. the Science Based Target (SBT): what reduction is needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C?
  • Any residual emissions are offset by measures that remove carbon from the atmosphere, such as reforestation, as defined by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
  • The emissions are reported in detail.
  • Clear internal and external policies are needed to achieve the net zero ambition.

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Report: ‘Building Blocks for Net Zero Transformation’

Practical guide on the way to net zero. This is the in-depth report on net zero. It gives a complete overview of the building blocks towards net zero transformation and is a practical guide to embed energy-neutral ambitions and actions in every company.

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