Now is the time to prove those skills. Science warns us that humankind is changing the climate of Planet Earth. Through greenhouse gas emissions, we are heating up the planet and have already done so by 1.2 degrees since the start of the industrial era. Climate science projects that we will reach an increase of 4 to 5 °C if we do nothing by 2050. We only have less than 300 Gt left today in our planetary carbon budget to limit global warming to 1.5 °C. This threshold is crucial as higher temperature rises are expected to come with severe environmental, social and economic costs and damages.
To stay within the budget, every country and every business needs to reach net zero as soon as possible. Net zero refers to a state in which the greenhouse gases going into the atmosphere are balanced by removal of the same amount of greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. A country or business that reaches net zero is no longer climate negative but climate neutral. Reaching net zero and becoming climate neutral is what we at Viessmann aim to achieve with our climate strategy.
We know this is a complex task that asks for continuous improvement and accelerated co-creation. This is why we focus on what we can do as technology leaders in the building sector, knowing that we are part of a larger system that needs to be transformed. Our vision of the future is guiding us.