Define the term carbon offsetting: an absolute joke.

What is carbon offsetting?
Carbon offsetting is the practice of paying organisations, on your behalf, money towards projects that compensate for your emission damage. For instance, an oil or airline company may donate $15 million annually to an organisation that reforests land or improves carbon capture operations. Companies like Delta Airlines during 2017 – 2019 purchased 7.8 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide (Co2).

Why the term ‘net-zero’ is nothing to get excited about:

What does ‘net-zero’ mean?
Net-zero refers to eliminating all greenhouse gas emission production or funding activities that offset however many emissions are produced e.g. tree planting or carbon capture. Doing the above would greatly lower the overall consequences of global warming, helping maintain the fragile ecosystem and human health. Many experts today believe the globe must reach net-zero by 2050 to avoid any catastrophic threats from global warming. However, experts believe such an accomplishment would require a triple in yearly clean energy investments by 2030 to around $5.63 trillion AUD ($4 trillion USD).

Could carbon-free steel play a vital role in helping us reach carbon neutrality?

What is carbon-free steel?
Carbon-free steel is steel manufactured without carbon and coke which are the main ingredients used in the traditional manufacturing process. Carbon and coke are two critical contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the production of steel. Sweden has recently produced the world’s first shipment of carbon-free steel. Its characteristics are just like traditional steel but without the use of fossil fuels meaning it is far better for the planet.

How Masdar City is a great role model for future green development:

What is Masdar City?
Masdar City is a new city operating off 100% renewable energy and has been designed to create the most sustainable lifestyle possible, located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The streets and buildings are strategically placed close to one another to provide additional shelter from the scorching temperatures in the Middle East. The purpose of Masdar City is to provide a lifestyle for those who wish to live sustainably (no cars, 100% renewable energy, lower water and energy consumption, etc) and to provide a sneak peek into what the future of green development could and should look like. The size of the city in 2016 was 6 km².