What is net zero?

Net zero is achieved when no incremental greenhouse gases are added to the atmosphere. This means that carbon emissions are balanced with the removal of carbon from the atmosphere (e.g. by certified carbon capture, forests, etc.). According to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, we should aim to achieve net zero globally by 2050, at the latest, to avert climate disaster. For more information, read the UNFCCC Race to Zero campaign’s guide to net zero.

What is the Race to Zero?

The Race to Zero is a global UN-backed campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, and investors for a healthy, resilient, and zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. All members are committed to the same minimum requirements: halving emissions by 2030 and achieving net zero by 2050 at the very latest. They are also aligned to the same overarching meta-criteria: to pledge, plan, proceed and publish. This campaign focuses on mitigation, but our sister campaign, the Race to Resilience, focuses on climate adaptation.

Can offsets be included?

Race to Zero is not an offsetting campaign, members must prioritise absolute emissions reductions. The Race focuses on immediate abatement measures and does not accept counting offsets (e.g. avoided emissions) as part of emissions reduction targets. Offsetting is a measure that can only be taken minimally, once all reasonable measures have been made to reduce emissions. Further information on offsets can be found in The Oxford Principles for Net Zero Aligned Carbon Offsetting.

Who is in the Race to Zero?

Non-state actors - including companies, cities, regions, financial, educational and healthcare institutions - can join the campaign through key initiatives and networks. To date, 733 cities, 31 regions, 3,067 businesses, 173 of the biggest investors, and 622 Higher Education Institutions are involved in the Race to Zero, committing to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest.

How do I join the Race to Zero if I’m a large business (>500 employees)?

The Business Ambition for 1.5°C initiative, led by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), is a Race to Zero partner initiative for large businesses. To officially join the initiative, companies must sign the Business Ambition for 1.5°C commitment letter and submit it to commitments@sciencebasedtargets.org. By joining, companies commit to setting GHG emissions reduction targets in line with SBTi Criteria and Recommendations. For additional information on this initiative and how to join, follow this link.

How do I join the Race to Zero if I’m a small business (<500 employees)?

The SME Climate Hub is a Race to Zero partner initiative that supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in committing to halving GHG emissions before 2030 and reaching net-zero emissions before 2050. To officially join the initiative, companies should sign the SME climate commitment. For additional information on this initiative and how to join, follow this link.

What is the connection between the Race to Zero and Science-Based Targets Initiative?

The Race to Zero is an ‘umbrella’ campaign - driven by science - that aggregates credible commitments to become net zero, absolute zero, or climate positive from a range of leading networks and initiatives across the climate action community. The Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) supports private businesses in setting ambitious goals to reduce emissions. The SBTi leads the Business Ambition for 1.5°C initiative, a partner in the Race to Zero. By committing to the Business Ambition for 1.5°C initiative, you are also joining the Race.

What is COP26 and when will it take place?

COP26 is the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland in partnership with Italy from 1st – 12th November 2021. At COP21 in 2015, the Paris Agreement was adopted, which aims to limit global warming to well below 2℃, ideally 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels. In line with this Agreement, all signatory states, including both developed and developing countries, must reduce GHG emissions.

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Strategic Partners:       Saudi_Arabia AMEX           global Rescue