Race To Zero

Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally; leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero-carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.

Race To Zero mobilizes a coalition of leading net zero initiatives, representing 452 cities, 22 regions, 1,101 businesses, 45 of the biggest investors, and 549 universities. These ‘real economy’ actors join 120 countries in the largest ever alliance committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. Collectively these actors now cover nearly 25% global CO2 emissions and over 50% GDP.

Led by the High-Level Climate Champions for Climate Action – Nigel Topping and Gonzalo Muñoz – Race To Zero mobilizes actors outside of national governments to join the Climate Ambition Alliance, which was launched at the UNSG’s Climate Action Summit 2019 by the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera.

The objective is to build momentum around the shift to a decarbonized economy ahead of COP26, where governments must strengthen their contributions to the Paris Agreement. This will send governments a resounding signal that businesses, cities, regions, and investors are united in meeting the Paris goals and creating a more inclusive and resilient economy.

The Race to Zero is an umbrella campaign—driven by science—that aggregates net-zero commitments from a range of leading networks and initiatives across the climate action community. These networks and initiatives define the substantive criteria that businesses, cities, states and regions, investors, universities, and others setting net-zero targets are required to meet, tailored for different types of actors. A mapping of these substantive criteria is available here. Please refer to the websites of the individual networks’ and initiatives’ that make up the Race to Zero campaign for full details regarding the criteria they apply to their participants.

Race To Zero Campaign webpage and addidional info: https://unfccc.int/climate-action/race-to-zero-campaign#eq-3