Many businesses have huge carbon footprints that will take years of investment and innovation to achieve net zero. Companies in the oil & gas sector, heavy industry, construction, aviation and agriculture have the largest carbon emissions, and reaching net zero will not be easy or cheap. The time required will likely be measured in decades rather than years.
Companies in the service sector and therefore do not manufacture or distribute a physical product, have a relatively low carbon footprint. In fact, the average office-based SME emits less than 1,000 tons of carbon each year, contributing a very small percentage of total green house gas emissions.
Net zero for many of these businesses is not a challenging or costly target.