Derik Broekhoff discusses corporate net zero pledges at TED Countdown, a TED Talks variant that highlights climate solutions.

Senior Scientist and SEI’s resident carbon market expert Derik Broekhoff took to the TED stage in a programme highlighting the role of carbon credits in a net zero world, among the field’s foremost experts.

He is featured in the TED Countdown Dilemma Series exploring the carbon market landscape.

In his five-minute lecture (found at 3:10 in the video above), Derik opines on the corporate role in reducing carbon emissions and achieving net neutrality.

He highlights the credibility problem in the current system, pointing out that just a handful of companies have already pledged to remove more carbon than the Earth can provide.

Companies focusing on attaining net zero in isolation misses the point, he says; instead, a truly effective carbon reduction effort means companies each play a role in a collective mission.

“I want to challenge the idea that companies should emphasize achieving net zero for themselves rather than focusing on how best to contribute to global net zero,” he says.

“I want to challenge the idea that companies should emphasize achieving net zero for themselves rather than focusing on how best to contribute to global net zero.”

— Derik Broekhoff

An abbreviated version of Derik’s remarks are featured in this supercut of carbon market lectures.

Derik presents his three principles for a more equitable and ambitious corporate net zero movement – all of which require companies to look outside themselves and join national and international undertakings toward global decarbonization.

A condensed version of his remarks can also be found among the other speakers in the 36-minute programme above (at 22:20).