Net Zero Strategy

What does it mean to be
net zero?

What does it mean to be net zero?

Net zero is achieved when your organisation’s residual emissions are balanced by greenhouse gas removals or offsets.

Working towards net zero means focusing on deep decarbonisation of your business and value chain. When you have maximised your abatement, you use carbon offsets or removals to reach net zero.

What does it mean to be climate positive?

If your target is to be climate positive, you may also consider going beyond net zero by:

  • Offsetting more than your carbon footprint
  • Offsetting historical emissions
  • Achieving true zero without offsets

Why should you consider becoming net zero?

Working towards net zero shows that you acknowledge the need to decarbonise and you see the opportunities this creates for your business, and not just the costs.
Business benefits are:

  • Increased business value, reputation and growth
  • Investment in low-carbon technology and products/service innovation
  • Better talent acquisition and retention
  • Informed sustainable procurement decisions
  • Operational cost savings and better bottom line
  • Engaged and aligned stakeholders

How do we help you achieve net zero?

We are known for developing net zero strategies that are pragmatic and are endorsed by senior decision makers.

We developed some of the earliest clean energy strategies for business in 2014, and have helped more than 100 organisations plan their net zero journey, including NSW and ACT government agencies.

By 2030, we aim to help over 1000 businesses transition to net zero emissions.

The first step of our project delivery, align, is about engaging with your key organisational stakeholders and your Executive Leadership team. We believe it is important to bring your stakeholders along on the journey from the start, to ensure buy-in. Through workshops, one-on-one meetings and by running a diagnostic, we will create a whole-of-organisation consensus on what your net zero strategy will include.

In the second step, analyse, we will develop your carbon footprint, identify your abatement and offset opportunities, develop the business cases and create short, medium and long term plans.

In the final phase, adopt’, we will develop your Net Zero Strategy, recommend interim targets and help you secure support to adopt your strategy.

What will you get throughout the project delivery?

  • Executive and key stakeholder alignment with your net zero goal
  • Net zero diagnostic results and recommendations report
  • Increased climate literacy and understanding of value chain emissions
  • Your carbon footprint and projected emissions
  • Net zero emissions abatement solutions
  • Short/medium/long-term action plans
  • Your net zero strategy and pathway
  • Presentation of the strategy to the Executive/Board
  • Senior management commitment to net zero with interim targets
  • Your recommended immediate next steps

How long does it take to develop your net zero strategy?

Typically, it takes four to six months from the time you engage us to the final net zero strategy. Depending on the extent of your desired consultation, you may want to develop this over a longer period.

If you require help with setting targets, please have a look at our science-based targets service offer, which explains everything your business needs to know about setting short and long-term targets that are in line with science-informed requirements to keep temperature rise within safe levels.

For further information, please download our Net Zero Strategy brochure.

What Our Clients Say
about us

“100% Renewables is very systematic in their approach. They undertake proper research and model different elements of an emissions reduction plan. They are very approachable/flexible to help their customers out. What I liked best in the recent project delivery was the flexibility, professionalism and knowledge from the 100% Renewables team.”

Jennie Arts Sustainable Environment Strategy Officer, City of Bayswater

We have worked with 100% Renewables on a number of important energy strategies for our organization. What we liked best in the recent project delivery was how 100% Renewables engaged with our team in collaboratively developing the plan within a tight timeframe.

Dr. Roger Attwater Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Western Sydney University

”100% Renewables is responsive, proactive and effective communicators. I can not fault the service.”

Michael Mathias Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Uniting

    What our clients say about us

    Julia Seddon General Manager Corporate Affairs, Inghams

    100% Renewables are professional, engaging renewable energy and carbon experts, the right sort of people to work with if you want to achieve transformational change in pragmatic steps. They spend time understanding the organisation's current state and it's readiness for change before identifying options for the future and steps to get there.”

    Dr. Roger Attwater Senior Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Western Sydney University

    We have worked with 100% Renewables on a number of important energy strategies for our organization. What we liked best in the recent project delivery was how 100% Renewables engaged with our team in collaboratively developing the plan within a tight timeframe.

    Shannon Khalifeh Sustainability Manager Warrigal Aged Care

    The 100% Renewables team are great at listening to our needs as their customer. The strategy was tailored to our organisational needs and strategic directions while also incorporating their expert advice.”

    Dennis Frost USC Operations Manager, University of the Sunshine Coast

    The best part of our experience with 100% Renewables was their personal, professional and partnership approach. Their team is focused on professional output..”

    Michael Mathias Manager, Environmental Sustainability, Uniting

    100% Renewables is responsive, proactive and effective communicators. I cannot fault the service.”

    Deb Matthews Environmental Sustainability, Anglican Care

    100% Renewables is always easy to work with. Great people to work with who get results.”

    Matt O'Hara Chief Executive Officer, Oak Flats Bowling and Recreational Club and Illawarra Yacht Club

    At times during our sustainability journey, we have needed leadership and guidance to achieve our goals. To this end, we are very proud to be Australia's first and only Climate Active certified Carbon Neutral Registered Club. We could not have achieved this without the expertise, leadership and guidance we received from 100% Renewables over the past years. I would have no hesitation in recommending 100% Renewables as your sustainability partner.

    Emma Brannigan Commercial Director, Hartmann

    The team at 100% Renewables helped us clearly identify what we needed to do, and the best way to approach it, all while setting up a framework and working document that laid out the information required. The 100% Renewables team is extremely knowledgeable, happy to challenge, and so positive and realistic- it has been a pleasure working with them!”

    Dan West Manager Sustainability, Environment and Waste, City of Bayswater

    100% Renewables know their stuff and bring independent expertise and experience to help you achieve your emission reduction objectives. What we liked best is their customer focus and interest to understand and work with us.

    Jessica Marsh Sustainability Officer – Strategic & Environmental Planning, Kempsey Shire Council

    I would say that the team at 100% Renewables are extremely professional and talented, and they made an initially daunting task manageable, and we worked with each other every step of the way. The team have great technical skills as well as engagement approaches that work well together. They were easy to deal with, always contactable and delivered our strategy on time, thank you!

    Ken Wilson Waste & Sustainability Coordinator, Clarence Valley Council

    Barbara and Patrick made our experience with 100% Renewables so easy, they quickly assessed our needs and were able to deliver advice is a practical, friendly and professional manner. 100% Renewables have the knowledge, expertise and capacity to deliver high-quality advice presented in a way that meets the brief and is meaningful to the client organisation.

    Gary Murphy General Manager, Lismore City Council

    Lismore City Council has set itself the ambitious goal to be self-sufficient in electricity use by 2023. Sustainable Business Consulting was selected to analyse our energy situation, consult with staff and Councillors and to deliver our Renewable Energy Master Plan. They were professional and engaging in their delivery and provided great value to Council. I would recommend them to any organisation who are looking for a long-term renewable energy plan

      Learn More

      We have created a two-part video series which explains the fundamentals of net zero:

      • Fundamentals of net zero – part 1
      • Fundamentals of net zero – part 2 
      Play Video
      Play Video

      Net Zero Fundamentals, Part 1 – Carbon accounting and net zero pathways

      How to get to net-zero for the built environment NOW, with Bruce Precious

      Lion’s net-zero big pitcher – doing the right thing for the long term, with Justin Merrell

      Setting sail for ‘climate positive’ with the Sydney Opera House                                          .     

      Relevant blog posts and videos