What is net-zero?

Net-zero is a state in which there is an overall balance between the amount of greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere and the amount of greenhouse emissions removed from the atmosphere.

To achieve net-zero, everyone must play their part in helping drive climate action. A reduction in emissions needs to be seen in all areas of society and all business sectors. Scientific evidence clearly shows that to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, the increasing global temperature has to be limited to 1.5°C.

The Scottish government has set a net-zero target of 2045, with the City of Edinburgh Council pledging an even more ambitious target of becoming a net-zero city by 2030.


Edinburgh is a thriving city and is home to businesses from all industries who are driving innovation and solutions to help tackle the climate crisis and support the city’s target of net-zero ambitions by 2030.

Businesses and stakeholders from across the private, public and third sectors are working together to invest in climate action and make our city resilient to future challenges and build a better future for our citizens. 

There are many innovative and exciting projects being undertaken in the city to support Edinburgh’s net-zero commitment and to help the city meet it’s climate target.

A range of practical resources and toolkits, including information on the Edinburgh Climate Compact, are also available to help businesses reduce their emissions.

How to get started

understanding net-zero

There are a number of net-zero terms that you might be unfamiliar with. Have a look at our glossary to help you get started on your journey.

business guide to net-zero

To help businesses start making change, we have put together a list of helpful resources to support you on your net-zero journey.

tackling climate change

As individuals, we all have a part to play in creating a cleaner and greener Edinburgh. We can make this happen by making a few changes to our everyday habits.

Latest news & case studies

Catch up on latest news and updates on sustainability

– Report finds that training is key challenge in reaching net zero goals – A report commissioned by Housing, Construction & Infrastructure (HCI) Skills Gateway has highlighted that training is the number one barrier to achieving net zero across the construction sector. With increasing momentum to […]
£7bn transmission investment to meet Scotland’s Net Zero ambitions As one of Scotland’s transmission network owners alongside SSEN Transmission, SP Energy have welcomed the publication of the Electricity System Operator’s Networks Option Assessment (NOA) 2021/22. The over £7bn investment package in new transmission infrastructure in Scotland […]
Green light for nine projects to accelerate pace of change towards net-zero SP Energy Networks have been given the green light to progress with £1.2m worth of projects to help tackle some of the UK’s biggest and most complex network challenges. Nine projects will now move […]