The false promise of corporate carbon neutrality
What’s most notable about Auden Schendler’s new piece is not the newness of the message – Auden and I have been delivering this message in a variety of forms and venues for well over a decade. What’s actually most notable is how little discussion and change has resulted, including with respect to corporate policy advocacy. What companies should be starting to internalize is that the only way to really bound the business risks of climate change is to mitigate climate change, and it’s very hard to translate even the best of intentions with regard to net-zero commitments and carbon offsets into material climate change mitigation. That requires policy.