Helping your carbon net zero (CNZ) journey

Reducing our carbon consumption to net zero has been set as a government target to achieve by 2050. We are here to support you on your carbon reduction journey. Some of our solutions include:

  • renewable energy
  • low-emission vehicles
  • technology hardware
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We’re working with our customers to understand the biggest carbon net zero challenges and where they are on their decarbonisation journey. We’ve already identified dozens of our agreements that can be used to help with that journey already – from the obvious areas like Fleet and Energy to technology hardware and even, in the future, food.
Simon Tse
Chief Executive Officer, Crown Commercial Service
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Funding and grants for carbon net zero

Finding funding for carbon net zero projects can be challenging. To make things easier, we have compiled a list of open CNZ grants and funding opportunities from across the government. Some grants available are:

More ways we can help

  • Travel and transport

    Covering everything from traffic management, low-emission vehicles and electric vehicles, vehicle charging infrastructure, street lighting and much more.

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  • Carbon Reduction Plans (CRP) training for suppliers

    Our Sustainability team runs regular webinars offering guidance on measuring and reporting your organisation’s emissions and maintaining a compliant CRP.

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Your carbon net zero questions answered

What is carbon net zero?


Sometimes known as net zero carbon or just net zero, this describes a state where any Carbon Dioxide (CO2) or Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions left over after decarbonisation are offset by removing an equivalent amount of CO2 from the atmosphere. This results in no net GHG impact.

What does this mean for the UK?

Carbon net zero means that the UK’s total GHG emissions would be equal to or less than the emissions the UK removed from the environment. This can be achieved by a combination of emission reduction and emission removal.

The carbon net zero target requires total decarbonisation of electricity, transport, buildings, industry, and the public sector, with interim targets and legislation to help us get there.

Why is reaching carbon net zero important?


The government has stated that climate change is an existential threat to humanity. Without global action to limit GHG emissions, the climate will change catastrophically with almost unimaginable consequences for societies across the world. 

The public sector is in a unique position of being able to lead the way for the rest of the country. Our activities directly influence the behaviours of the citizens we serve across the UK.

In recognition of the risks to the UK and other countries, the UK became the first major economy to implement a legally binding net zero target.

What does the 2050 target mean?


The UK has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 100% against 1990 levels.

There are many ways in which we can achieve this, such as halving non-traded emissions from buildings by 2032 (as outlined in the Clean Growth Strategy).

Key dates for reaching carbon net zero

Lost in terminology

To help you understand the different terms and what they mean, we have pulled together a handy glossary of terms.

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