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Net Zero Emissions

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Net zero emissions describes the general objective to combat climate change. Net zero emissions can be achieved when any remaining human-caused GHG emissions are neutralized by removing GHG from the atmosphere. So this does not only mean the necessary and drastic reduction of emissions, which are especially caused by the combustion of fossil fuels, but also the remaining emissions that cannot (yet) be avoided are to be reduced as close to zero as possible in the net zero emissions scenario. This can for example by achieved by restoring forests or through direct air capture and storage (DACS) technology. The concept of net-zero emissions is akin to "climate neutrality."