Looking at the following week's introduction, it seems that this week's topic is scope 1 emissions.
To get to scope 1 net zero we need to be absorbing the same amount that we're locally generating. And the commitment is to be at this point within a decade at 2030.
Whilst we are connected to a (pretty much) carbon neutral electricity supply via the French nuclear and tidal supply there are plenty of on island emission sources. The obvious transport system, agriculture, construction, gas and oil heating etc are all scope 1 emission generators.
This doesn't include scope 2 emissions from transporting the huge amount of consumable products into our island or the enormous scope 3 emissions generated around the world by the production of all the items we consume.
So to get to scope 1 net zero we need to do two things. Firstly reduce our emissions to the lowest possible levels, and secondly absorb as many of these emissions as we can (sequestration). We could plant alot of trees for example and I think that would be a very good idea (for developing strong biodiversity and ecological resilience) although I would have that we would need an island much larger than Jersey covered in dense forest to offset our scope 1 emissions. I'm sure that there's a method of auditing this. I'm guessing that Jersey will be looking at carbon offsetting via credible agencies that work in developing nations in introducing renewable microgrid electrical systems in villages for example.
But here's the rub. In order to get to scope 1 net zero within a decade we have to reduce our emissions. Significantly.
Why the contribution is important
In order to reduce our emissions we will need to work across every sector of our social and economic structure. This will need to include every government department that signs up to a set of short term, intermediate and final goals to provide a structured path to net zero.
Each energy provider needs a pathway to net zero. The construction industry needs the same pathway. Logistics and transportation industries as well. The same for agriculture, hospitality, transport and infrastructure etc.
Unfortunately we have a history of kicking the can down the road. The incinerator was the least worst option that was left to the last minute. The hospital fiasco is a great example of how to not achieve net zero emissions.
It's one thing to ask individuals to play their part (even though so many are locked into high carbon lifestyles and systems) or wanting business to try and generate change and progress, but what is fundamentally essential is that government takes a strong, unified and structured approach across every sector with benchmarks and goals being consistently achieved. This is what's needed to provide the pathway to net zero scope 1 emissions.
by brucecarnegie on March 05, 2021 at 09:54AM