Race to Zero Partners are the pillars under the campaign. These Partners are the funnels through which individual members can join the Race; they provide the support and guidance to members for how to commit to credible climate targets and take meaningful action against these goals.

Our Partners span actor types, sectors and regions – below is a detailed description of each Partner.

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Business Ambition for 1.5°C

Business Ambition for 1.5°C is an urgent call to action from a global coalition of UN agencies, business and industry leaders. It’s calling on companies to commit to set ambitious science-based emissions reduction targets. By setting a net-zero target in line with a 1.5°C future businesses can make their critical contribution to limiting the worst impacts of climate change.

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Business Ambition for 1.5°C

Business Ambition for 1.5°C is led by the Science Based Targets initiative in partnership with the UN Global Compact and the We Mean Business Coalition.

It is an urgent call to action from a global coalition of UN agencies, business and industry leaders.

It’s calling on companies to commit to set ambitious science-based emissions reduction targets.

By setting a net-zero target in line with a 1.5°C future — our only future — businesses can make their critical contribution to limiting the worst impacts of climate change.

So far, over 600 companies, representing more than US$13 trillion in market cap, have responded to the open letter from global leaders, and signed the Business Ambition for 1.5°C commitment.

Why 1.5°C?

To hold off some of the worst climate impacts, and avoid irreversible damage to our societies, economies and the natural world, we must hold temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. This requires halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and hitting net-zero emissions by 2050.

That’s why the initiative is inviting visionary business leaders to publicly commit their companies to a net-zero, 1.5°C target and be recognized in the lead up to COP 26 in November 2021. Leading companies are already proving that a 1.5°C-compliant business model is possible, and there is evidence that these companies will be best-placed to thrive as the global economy undergoes a just transition to a net-zero future by 2050.

Website: https://sciencebasedtargets.org/business-ambition-for-1-5c

United Nations Global Compact

As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with Ten Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Our ambition is to accelerate and scale the global collective impact of business by upholding the Ten Principles and delivering the Sustainable Development Goals through accountable companies and ecosystems that enable change.

With more than 12,000 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and 69 Local Networks, the UN Global Compact is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative — one Global Compact uniting business for a better world.

Website: unglobalcompact.org.

We Mean Business Coalition

We Mean Business Coalition works with the world’s most influential businesses to take action on climate change. The Coalition is a group of seven nonprofit organizations: BSR, CDP, Ceres, Climate Group, CLG Europe, The B Team and WBCSD.

Together, The Coaltion catalyzes business and policy action to halve emissions by 2030 and accelerate an inclusive transition to a net-zero economy.

Website: wemeanbusinesscoalition.org.

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The Climate Pledge

The Climate Pledge is a call to businesses and organizations to take collective action on the world’s greatest crisis and to work together to build towards a safe and healthy planet for the next generations.

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The Climate Pledge

The Climate Pledge is a call to businesses and organizations to take collective action on the world’s greatest crisis and to work together to build towards a safe and healthy planet for the next generations.

In 2019, Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge, a commitment to net zero carbon by 2040. Since then, a growing list of major companies and organizations have joined The Climate Pledge. These signatories play a critical role in stimulating investment in the development of low-carbon products and services.

The Climate Pledge is a cross-sector community of companies and organizations, working together to crack the climate crisis and solve the challenges of decarbonizing our economy.

Bringing together those that are prepared to run the furthest and fastest, The Climate Pledge calls on signatories to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2040—10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement. Amazon co-founded the Climate Pledge with Global Optimism in 2019, and became the first signatory of the pledge.

The Three Pillars

Signatories that sign The Climate Pledge commit to the following three principles:

Regular Reporting

Measure and report greenhouse gas emissions on a regular basis.

Carbon Elimination

Implement decarbonization strategies in line with the Paris Agreement through business change and innovations, including efficiency improvements, renewable energy, materials reductions, and other carbon emission elimination strategies.

Credible Offsets

Take action to neutralize any remaining emissions with additional, quantifiable, real, permanent, and socially beneficial offsets to achieve net zero annual carbon emissions by 2040.

For more information, please visit: https://www.theclimatepledge.com/

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B Corporation

B Lab is transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. A leader in economic systems change, our global network creates standards, policies, tools, and programs for business, and we certify companies—known as B Corps—who are leading the way. To date, our community includes over 4,000 B Corps in over 70 countries and 150 industries, and over 100,000 companies manage their impact with the B Impact Assessment and the SDG Action Manager.

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B Corporation

B Lab is transforming the global economy to benefit all people, communities, and the planet. A leader in economic systems change, our global network creates standards, policies, tools, and programs for business, and we certify companies—known as B Corps—who are leading the way. To date, our community includes over 4,000 B Corps in over 70 countries and 150 industries, and over 100,000 companies manage their impact with the B Impact Assessment and the SDG Action Manager.
For more information, please visit: https://bcorporation.uk/about-b-lab
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Exponential Roadmap Initiative

The Exponential Roadmap Initiative is for innovators, transformers and disruptors taking action in line with 1.5°C, with the mission to halve emissions before 2030 through exponential climate action and solutions. It is an accredited partner of United Nations’ Race To Zero, TED Countdown and a founding partner of the 1.5°C Supply Chain Leaders and the SME Climate Hub. It is a non-profit, independent actor anchored in the latest climate science.

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Exponential Roadmap Initiative

What is the Exponential Roadmap Initiative?

The Exponential Roadmap Initiative is for innovators, transformers and disruptors taking action in line with 1.5°C, with the mission to halve emissions before 2030 through exponential climate action and solutions. It is an accredited partner of United Nations’ Race To Zero, TED Countdown and a founding partner of the 1.5°C Supply Chain Leaders and the SME Climate Hub. It is a non-profit, independent actor anchored in the latest climate science.

The IPCC report on 1.5°C concludes that we need to keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C to avoid high risk of catastrophic consequences for people and our living environment. To do so, the world needs to follow up peak emissions in 2020 with halving of emissions every decade until 2050, starting with the first halving by 2030. Halving by 2030 is a prerequisite for achieving net-zero by 2050 at the latest, thus maintaining the possibility to keep global heating to a maximum of 1.5°C.

Its role in the Race to Zero

The Exponential Roadmap Initiative is an entry point for businesses to join the Race to Zero, aimed at innovative, transformative and disruptive businesses who share the mission of halving emissions before 2030 towards net zero through exponential climate action and solutions, and go further than decarbonisation of their own- and value chain emissions, also integrating climate deeply in business strategy and influencing climate action in society. This is described by the 4 pillar framework presented in the 1.5°C Business Playbook– a guideline which helps companies and organisations of all sizes to set a 1.5°C aligned strategy and move to action.The Playbook focuses on simplicity and speed and is anchored in the latest science.

The Exponential Roadmap Initiative and Race to Zero are both founding partners of the SME Climate Hub, together with the International Chamber of Commerce and We Mean Business coalition. The SME Climate Hub provides a one-stop-shop climate action platform for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to curb carbon emissions, build business resilience and gain a competitive advantage. The SME Climate Hub opens the doors for SMEs to join the Race to Zero, by making the internationally recognised SME Climate Commitment, as well as accessing practical tools and resources to take climate action.

The Exponential Roadmap Initiative hosts the 1.5°C Supply Chain Leaders, together with founding partners Ericsson, IKEA, Telia Company, BT Group and Unilever and with the support of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the We Mean Business coalition. The 1.5°C Supply Chain Leaders have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions across their value chain in line with the 1.5°C ambition, and will work together to drive climate action throughout global supply chains. The 1.5°C Supply Chain Leaders will support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through the SME Climate Hub, and encourage their suppliers to make the SME Climate Commitment and take action through the tools and resources on the SME Climate Hub.

It brings innovative, transformative and disruptive businesses with 1.5°C aligned strategies and action to the Race to Zero. These include multinational corporations such as Ericsson, IKEA, Telia Company, BT Group, Unilever, Nestlé, Telefónica, Ragn-Sells, Tech Mahindra and Microsoft, as well as more than 40 additional businesses. All have committed to go further than decarbonisation of their own- and value chain emissions, also integrating climate deeply in business strategy and influencing climate action in society, as described by the 4 pillar framework presented in the 1.5°C Business Playbook.

Through the SME Climate Hub, the Initiative has contributed to bringing more than 1300 small and medium-sized enterprises from 65 countries into the Race to Zero.

Quotes from partners

“Climate change is the biggest risk we face as a society. At Google, we see a challenge as an opportunity to solve it  and make things better for everyone. In 2007, we became the first major company to achieve carbon neutrality, and since 2017 we’ve matched 100% of our electricity consumption with renewable energy, enabling us to more than halve our cumulative scope 1 and 2 emissions over the last decade. Now we’ve taken on a new moonshot- by 2030 we aim to be the first major company to operate 24/7 on carbon-free energy. Building a carbon-free future for all won’t be easy, so we look forward to collaborating with other leaders and innovators in the Exponential Roadmap Initiative and the UN Race to Zero,” Kate Brandt, Google Sustainability Officer.

“The scientific consensus is clear. If we don’t curb emissions, and temperatures continue to climb, science tells us that the results will be catastrophic. We look forward to collaborating with other global corporate climate leaders and learning from each other to support our suppliers in taking climate action in line with science. Together we can move quicker,” Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer Microsoft.

“Unilever is delighted to join the Exponential Roadmap Initiative and endorse the 1.5°C Business Playbook. While there are many resources out there to help companies tackle climate change, the Exponential Roadmap and the 1.5°C Business Playbook are exceptional in that they recognise the urgency of the challenge, while making ambitious action accessible to organisations of any size,” Thomas Lingard, Global Sustainability Director- Climate & Environment.

A stronger, more resilient, future-proof global economy

The Exponential Roadmap is a science-based cross-sector collaboration launched in 2018. It highlights 36 solutions with exponential scaling potential to halve global greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. Scaling of solutions comes from sharp policy, from climate leadership by companies and cities and from a finance and technology shift towards green solutions with exponential potential. The roadmap shows how we can build a stronger, more resilient and future-proof global economy and increase human prosperity and health – within the planetary boundaries.

The 1.5°C Business Playbook is a spin-off from the Exponential Roadmap, launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2020, together with Christiana Figueres and Johan Rockström. The Playbook, produced by leading experts and business stakeholders, provides a framework for all companies to reach net-zero emissions rapidly through the adoption of an exponential trajectory of at least halving their greenhouse gas emissions every decade to approach net zero by 2050, and integrating climate in their business strategy. The Playbook focuses on simplicity and speed and is anchored in the latest science.

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SME Climate Hub

The SME Climate Hub provides small and medium-sized businesses with a one-stop-shop to make a climate commitment and access best-in-class tools and resources to mitigate their environmental impact and build business resilience. Taking climate action through the SME Climate Hub helps small businesses accelerate business growth, build supply chain resilience, align with shifting governmental policy and consumer expectations, and strengthen marketing and branding efforts.

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SME Climate Hub

The SME Climate Hub provides small and medium-sized businesses with a one-stop-shop to make a climate commitment and access best-in-class tools and resources to mitigate their environmental impact and build business resilience. Taking climate action through the SME Climate Hub helps small businesses accelerate business growth, build supply chain resilience, align with shifting governmental policy and consumer expectations, and strengthen marketing and branding efforts. The initiative supports SMEs with fewer than 500 employees in developing a strategy to halve emissions by 2030 in line with the Paris Agreement and reach net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner.  Small and medium-sized businesses can make the commitment here.  

The SME Climate Hub was founded by the We Mean Business coalition, Exponential Roadmap Initiative, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the United Nations Race to Zero Campaign. The SME Climate Hub brings together  multinational companies, financial institutions, and governments to create clear incentives and opportunities for SMEs that commit to climate action.  

Relationship to the Race to Zero

The SME Climate Commitment is the official pathway for small- and medium-sized businesses to join the Race to Zero. Businesses which commit to the SME Climate Hub will be globally recognized by the United Nation’s Race to Zero campaign.  

RtZ participants that SME Climate Hub has brought on board

Make Limited, Oliver Hall, Architect and Sustainability Lead 

“Our commitment to the Race to Zero through the SME Climate Hub offers an opportunity to think beyond our day job of designing buildings and to reflect on our own spaces, how we inhabit them and the resources we use whilst we design places for others. This exercise will undoubtedly further our understanding of all the measures that can be taken to reduce a building’s – and a business’s – carbon footprint, which we can put into practice on our projects and advocate to our clients.” 

BankaBioLoo Limited, Sanjay Banka, Executive Chairman, India 

“No business – no matter whether it is small, medium or large – can be climate complacent. Given the importance of SMEs to the community and the economy, we ought to take a lead on climate action in our respective spheres. I am proud that Banka BioLoo is part of the SME Climate Hub community taking a climate-positive attitude and acting on climate change.” 

Mantra Beauty, Victor Dosoretz, CEO, Argentina 

“SMEs need to have strong support in terms of information and resources necessary to develop and prosper not only in a sustainable way, but also regeneratively with the environment. The “SME Climate Hub” represents a great opportunity to access the necessary tools to advance in the reconversion of our business models.” 

Save By Solar, Linus Baihofer Werner, CEO & Co-founder , Sweden 

“The fight for a healthy planet can only be won if we act together on a global scale. To be a part of the SME Climate Hub is an opportunity we don’t want to miss, and we encourage all SMEs to join us. 

Learn more about the initiative:

https://smeclimatehub.org/video-about-the-sme-climate-hub/

Join the commitment:

https://smeclimatehub.org/sme-climate-commitment/ 

For SMEs already a part of the SME Climate Hub, we urge you to share the business benefits of climate action with your network. To ensure we halve global emissions by 2030, every business needs to get on board, regardless of their size.  

 

  

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Business Declares

Business Declares is a not-for-profit organisation formed by senior leaders with a vast range of experience from the SME, B Corp and FTSE100 sectors. We are official members of the UN Race to Zero team for COP26. It believes that business has a major part to play in tackling the climate, ecological and social emergency. 

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Business Declares

Business Declares is a not-for-profit organisation formed by senior leaders with a vast range of experience from the SME, B Corp and FTSE100 sectors.

The organization believes that business has a major part to play in tackling the climate, ecological and social emergency.

It exists to raise awareness across the business sector of the imperative to accelerate action to address climate change, biodiversity loss and social injustice: the imperative to future proof every business by balancing profits with people and ethics, to live within planetary boundaries.

It exists to galvanize the voice from the business community advocating for regulatory change, to build a resounding voice from business to propel a greater political will for urgent action.

It convenes dialogues, acting as an agitator and critical business friend, to explore the difficult challenges which we know will take collective effort to solve.

For more information, please visit: https://businessdeclares.com/

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Pledge to Net Zero

The ‘Pledge to Net Zero’ has therefore been established to commit organisations from the environmental sector to take a leadership role in the transition to a Net Zero carbon economy. Pledge signatories commit to: Set and commit to deliver a greenhouse gas target in line with either a 1.5°C (encouraged) or well below 2°C climate change scenario – covering buildings and travel as a minimum. 

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Pledge to Net Zero

We are in a Climate and Environmental Emergency, with time running out to address the many challenges that lie in front of us. 

Recognising the need for action, in June 2019 the UK Government committed to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to Net Zero by 2050. This is hugely important, but now we need to ensure that this ambition is realised – with organisations playing a huge role in the efforts to successfully meeting this target. Indeed, the UK’s commitment comes at a time where more than four-fifths of the world’s largest companies are unlikely to meet the targets set out in the Paris Climate Agreement to limit rising temperatures to 1.5 ⁰C of pre-industrialised levels by 2050. 

The ‘Pledge to Net Zero’ has therefore been established to commit organisations from the environmental sector to take a leadership role in the transition to a Net Zero carbon economy.

Pledge signatories commit to:

  1. Set and commit to deliver a greenhouse gas target in line with either a 1.5°C (encouraged) or well below 2°C climate change scenario – covering buildings and travel as a minimum. 

  2. Publicly report greenhouse gas emissions and progress against this target each year.

  3. Publish one piece of research/thought-leadership each year on practical steps to delivering an economy in line with climate science and in support of net zero carbon. Alternatively, signatories may choose to provide mentoring and support for smaller signatory companies in setting targets, reporting and meeting the requirements of the pledge.

Race to Zero

In February 2021, we announced the partnership between Pledge to Net Zero and the UNFCCC’s Race To Zero campaign: News story >>.

If you join the pledge and meet the eligibility criteria, we can help you to become part of the Race To Zero also. Organisations that join the Race to Zero need to have committed to a 1.5°C target and to share their carbon action plan to deliver this target (this will be kept confidential). More information is available on sign-up to the pledge.

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CBN Expert community

CBN Expert gives businesses the tools and insight they need to calculate, measure and track their carbon footprint.

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CBN Expert community

CBN Expert gives businesses the tools and insight they need to calculate, measure and track their carbon footprint.

We can help your business to reduce costs, become more efficient and demonstrate to your customers, stakeholders and staff how your business is progressing on its Net Zero journey.

With more than a decade’s experience in the energy and sustainability industry, CBN Expert was born out of a passion for helping businesses become Net Zero.

Our organisations, future Net Zero and CBN Expert recognise the importance of making a full and lasting commitment to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from our activities, in support of the wider commitment of the world to limit global temperature increases and the impact on the planet. We ask businesses to make a pledge and commit to achieving net zero as defined by the UNFCCC Race To Zero.

We’re signed up to Race To Zero initiative

As a business, inspired by future Net Zero and CBN Expert, we commit to the following:

We acknowledge that our commitment will be reported on future Net Zero.

 

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Planet Mark

Planet Mark is a sustainability certification for every type of organisation, for real estate and for products. The certification recognises continuous improvement, encourages action and builds an empowered community of like-minded individuals who make a world of difference.

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Planet Mark

Planet Mark is a sustainability certification for every type of organisation, for real estate and for products. The certification recognises continuous improvement, encourages action and builds an empowered community of like-minded individuals who make a world of difference.

Planet Mark works passionately with organisations to empower their people to halt the climate crisis and improve society in everything they do; collectively building a sustainable, brighter future for us and our planet.

As a result of rigorous measurement, a commitment to improvement and engaging their stakeholders in the process, certified members can communicate their progress with confidence, transparency, and enthusiasm.

Planet Mark was founded by CEO Steve Malkin and Co-Founder of Eden Project Sir Tim Smit KBE as a truly effective, people-driven sustainability certification for any organisation of any size, in any sector, anywhere in the world.

In 2021, Planet Mark launched the Zero Carbon Tour that is illustrating the phenomenal array of actions the business community is taking to address the climate crisis. The Tour consists of both virtual and physical events, with the physical component of the Tour conducted in the UK’s first 100% electric coach.

Planet Mark’s pledge is to amplify the critical message to businesses that the climate crisis requires urgent action. Collectively we need to do more, and Planet Mark are committed to supporting businesses in realising their net zero plans and ambitions to take them over the finishing line; going beyond making the pledge.

For more information on Planet Mark, please visit: planetmark.com

For more information on the Zero Carbon Tour, please visit: zerocarbontour.com

 

 

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Tech Zero

Tech Zero is a group of innovative UK tech companies, working together to fight the climate crisis, accelerate progress to net zero and help consumers make greener choices.

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Tech Zero

Tech Zero is a group of innovative UK tech companies, working together to fight the climate crisis, accelerate progress to net zero and help consumers make greener choices.

We’re helping UK tech companies of all sizes reach net zero. Our Tech Zero toolkit demystifies climate jargon and makes it simpler for companies to set a net zero plan.

Now, we’re encouraging UK tech companies of all sizes to sign up to the Tech Zero commitments.

Why join Tech Zero?

  • The Tech Zero commitments are ambitious but achievable, and show you’re committed to playing your part in tackling the climate crisis.
  • You’ll have access to exclusive events with climate experts, and leading companies who are well on the way to net zero.
  • Engage with the most exciting climate-tech scaleups who can help you measure and reduce your emissions using the latest technology.
  • You’ll be part of a vast network of companies committed to accelerating progress to net zero.
  • We’re working on exclusive offers from climate-tech scaleups and we’re building tools to help consumers make greener choices – we’d love you to be part of it.

How to join Tech Zero

We’d love to have you on board. To join Tech Zero, a company should have technology at the core of its business, and sign up to the Tech Zero commitments, reporting on progress every year.

Click here to join.

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United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)

UNEP FI is a partnership between UNEP and the global financial sector to mobilize private sector finance for sustainable development. UNEP FI works with more than 400 members – banks, insurers, and investors – and over 100 supporting institutions – to help create a financial sector that serves people and planet while delivering positive impacts.

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United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a partnership between UNEP and the global financial sector to mobilise private sector finance for sustainable development.

UNEP FI works with more than 400 members—banks, insurers and investors—and over 100 supporting institutions—to help create a financial sector that serves people and planet while delivering positive impacts.

It aims to inspire, inform and enable financial institutions to improve people’s quality of life without compromising that of future generations. By leveraging the UN’s role, UNEP FI accelerates sustainable finance. Read more.

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UN-Convened Net Zero Banking Alliance

The industry-led, UN-convened Net-Zero Banking Alliance brings together over 50 banks representing almost a quarter of global banking assets, which are committed to aligning their lending and investment portfolios with net-zero emissions by 2050.

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UN-Convened Net Zero Banking Alliance

The industry-led, UN-convened Net-Zero Banking Alliance brings together over 50 banks representing almost a quarter of global banking assets, which are committed to aligning their lending and investment portfolios with net-zero emissions by 2050. Combining near-term action with accountability, this ambitious commitment sees banks setting an intermediate target for 2030 or sooner, using robust, science-based guidelines.

The Alliance will reinforce, accelerate and support the implementation of decarbonisation strategies, providing an internationally coherent framework and guidelines in which to operate, supported by peer-learning from pioneering banks. It recognises the vital role of banks in supporting the global transition of the real economy to net-zero emissions.

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Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative

The Net Zero Asset Managers initiative is an international group of asset managers committed to supporting the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner, in line with global efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius; and to supporting investing aligned with net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner. The initiative is global, both in the six founding network partners – the four regional investor networks, AIGCC, Ceres, IGCC and IIGCC, as well as PRI and CDP – and its signatories.

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Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative

The Net Zero Asset Managers initiative is an international group of asset managers committed to supporting the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner, in line with global efforts to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius; and to supporting investing aligned with net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner. The initiative is global, both in the six founding network partners – the four regional investor networks, AIGCC, Ceres, IGCC and IIGCC, as well as PRI and CDP – and its signatories. Launched in December 2020 with 30 signatories, the initiative has now grown to include 87 signatories with nearly $37 trillion in assets under management, representing nearly 40 percent of the total assets under management across the globe.

The initiative joined the Race to Zero campaign as an official partner to foster collaboration among investors, increase its credibility on the global stage and to further raise ambition ahead of COP26.

The Net Zero Asset Managers initiative launched in December 2020. The initiative aims to galvanise the asset management industry to commit to a goal of net zero emissions. Through its six network partners, it supports signatories in setting credible targets for decarbonisation and implementing their net zero commitment through ancillary guidance and working groups. Further signatories are expected in the coming weeks and months in the run up to COP26.

Nigel Topping, UK High Level Climate Champion for COP26 said:

“This is the first critical Breakthrough for the Race to Zero and especially the asset management industry, with 87 Asset Managers representing over $37 trillion now committed to the net zero transition. Net zero emissions is fast becoming the guiding star for climate ambition, and this momentum must continue to finance the transition to a zero-carbon economy.”

 

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UN-Convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance

Founded in September 2019 at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit by Allianz, Caisse des Dépôts, La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ), Folksam Group, PensionDanmark, and SwissRe, the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance is convened by UNEP’s Finance Initiative and the Principles for Responsible Investment.

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UN-Convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance

Founded in September 2019 at the UN Secretary General’s Climate Action Summit, the 40-plus members of the UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance have committed i) to transitioning their investment portfolios to net-zero GHG emissions by 2050, consistent with a maximum temperature rise of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels; ii) to establishing intermediate targets every five years; and iii) to regularly report on progress.

The Alliance is convened by UNEP’s Finance Initiative and the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The Alliance is supported by WWF and Global Optimism, an initiative led by Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a partnership between UNEP and the global financial sector to mobilise private sector finance for sustainable development. UNEP FI works with more than 400 members—banks, insurers and investors—and over 100 supporting institutions—to help create a financial sector that serves people and planet while delivering positive impacts. We aim to inspire, inform and enable financial institutions to improve people’s quality of life without compromising that of future generations. By leveraging the UN’s role, UNEP FI accelerates sustainable finance. Read more.

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Paris Aligned Investment Initiative (PAII)

The Paris Aligned Investment Initiative is a collaborative investor-led global forum enabling investors to align their portfolios and activities to the goals of the Paris Agreement. The initiative is supported by four regional investor networks – AIGCC (Asia), Ceres (North America), IIGCC (Europe) and IGCC (Australasia).

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Paris Aligned Investment Initiative (PAII)

The Paris Aligned Investment Initiative is a collaborative investor-led global forum enabling investors to align their portfolios and activities to the goals of the Paris Agreement.

The Paris Aligned Investment Initiative (PAII) was established in May 2019 by the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC). As of March 2021, the initiative has grown into a global collaboration supported by four regional investor networks – AIGCC (Asia), Ceres (North America), IIGCC (Europe) and IGCC (Australasia). 118 investors representing $34 trillion in assets have engaged in the development of the Net Zero Investment Framework through the Paris Aligned Investment Initiative.

The initiative has the following objectives:

  • Develop definitions for key concepts relating to alignment of portfolios with the goals of the Paris Agreement and build consensus around these among investors.
  • Assess approaches and methodologies that can be used to measure alignment, and transition portfolios, across different asset classes to identity best practice options for achieving alignment to Paris.
  • Enable investors to understand the implications of transitioning portfolios by testing the approaches and methodologies for transition using real world portfolios to analyse financial characteristics, risks and opportunities associated with transition of portfolios.
  • Provide a transparent basis for investors to make commitments to achieve global net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner, in line with the Paris Agreement and take comprehensive, science-based, effective action towards this goal.
  • Support investors to implement these best practice methodologies and approaches, addressing challenges and barriers, in order to drive real economy transition towards a net zero and resilient future.
  • A first output of this process is a framework for ‘Paris alignment’ by investors (see the next section below). This looks to ensure investors can maximise the contribution they make in limiting global warming to no more than 1.5°C, in line with the latest science and higher end ambition of the Paris Agreement.

Putting this objective into practice means investors should look to ensure their portfolios are working to help achieve net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest. The way to achieve Paris alignment is therefore by becoming a ‘net zero investor’. IIGCC’s Net Zero Investment Framework (covered below) has been developed with this aim in mind.

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Under 2 Coalition

The Under2 Coalition is a global community of state and regional governments committed to ambitious climate action in line with the Paris Agreement. It brings together over 220 governments representing more than 1.3 billion people and 43% of the global economy.

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Under 2 Coalition

The Under2 Coalition is a global community of state and regional governments committed to ambitious climate action in line with the Paris Agreement.

It brings together over 220 governments representing more than 1.3 billion people and 43% of the global economy.

Our members commit to keeping global temperature rises to well below 2°C with efforts to reach 1.5°C. 29 states and regions in the Coalition have committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2050 or earlier.

The Climate Group is the Secretariat to the Under2 Coalition and works with governments to accelerate climate action through three workstreams:

  • Pathways
  • Policy action
  • Transparency
Mobilising global state and regional leadership on net zero ambition

Through its new Net Zero Futures project, in partnership with the Scottish Government and Bloomberg Philanthropies, the coalition is connecting Under2 Coalition members with existing net zero targets with states and regions interested in increasing their ambition.

To accelerate emissions reductions in line with the Paris Agreement and raise ambition in 2021, its aiming to empower state and regional governments to set net zero targets and join the UN’s Race to Zero campaign.

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Japan Climate Initiative (JCI)

JCI is a network committed to strengthening communication and exchange of strategies and solutions among all actors that are implementing climate actions in Japan.

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Japan Climate Initiative (JCI)

Companies, local governments, NGOs and other leaders worldwide have a vital role to play in delivering on the goals of the Paris Agreement by fostering climate action around the world.

Since the publication of the special report on Global Warming of 1.5 ° C by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it has become a universal goal to realize a decarbonized society by 2050, and the roles that non-state actors such as companies and local governments play has become even more important.

In July 2018, over 100 Japanese companies, local governments, research institutions and NGOs established the Japan Climate Initiative (JCI). Since then, members have increased six fold. JCI is a network committed to strengthening the communication and exchange of strategies and solutions among all actors that are implementing climate actions in Japan.

The members of the Japan Climate Initiative, invite Japanese companies, municipalities, research institutions and civil society organizations that are making serious efforts towards the realization of a decarbonized society to participate in the initiative and help build a decarbonized Japanese society.

As a partner coalition of the Alliances for Climate Action, JCI will collaborate with other domestic multi-stakeholder coalitions to accelerate the transition towards decarbonized and climate resilient societies around the world.

The latest list of JCI Race To Zero Circle signatories can be viewed in English and Japanese. 

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Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges

Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges is a collaboration between UNEP, EAUC and Second Nature. By joining the Race to Zero, Universities and Colleges demonstrate both the higher and further education sector’s commitment to the net zero agenda as well as their institution’s leadership on a global level at COP26.

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Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges

Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges is a collaboration between UNEP, EAUC and Second Nature.

By joining the Race to Zero, Universities and Colleges demonstrate both the higher and further education sector’s commitment to the net zero agenda as well as their institution’s leadership on a global level at COP26 in November 2021.

Below is a message from Nigel Topping, UK High Level Climate Champion for COP26 and Gonzalo Munoz, Chilean High Level Climate Champion for COP25 on why universities and colleges need to take action now.

Watch the TEDxUNEP Countdown: Racing to Zero with Higher Education.

By joining Universities and Colleges are committing to the following Race to Zero criteria:

  • Pledge: Pledge at the head-of-organization level to reach (net) zero GHGs as soon as possible, and by mid-century at the latest, in line with global efforts to limit warming to 1.5C. Set an interim target to achieve in the next decade, which reflects maximum effort toward or beyond a fair share of the 50% global reduction in CO2 by 2030 identified in the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C
  • Plan:  Within 12 months of joining, explain what actions will be taken toward achieving both interim and longer-term pledges, especially in the short- to medium-term.
  • Proceed: Take immediate action toward achieving (net) zero, consistent with delivering interim targets specified.
  • Publish: Commit to report publicly both progress against interim and long-term targets, as well as the actions being taken, at least annually.

Full details on the refined criteria, and accompanying interpretation guide and language guide.

Who is running this campaign?

This campaign is run in partnership with EAUC, Second Nature and UN Environment. EAUC are the secretariat. If you have any questions please email us.

By committing to this campaign your institution will automatically be added to the UNFCCC Race to Zero campaign. This campaign replaces the Global Climate Letter for Universities and Colleges, all signatories have been contacted and consented to be part of the Race to Zero campaign.

*This is the total figure as part of the Race to Zero which includes signatories of this Race to Zero (formerly Global Climate Letter) and Second Nature’s Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. You can see the full list of institution’s committing to the Race to Zero here.

If you would like an alternative language sign up form please contact us.

If you are a pre-16 year old educational institution based in the UK you can commit at Let’s Go Zero.

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Second Nature

Second Nature is committed to accelerating climate action in, and through, higher education. This is accomplished by mobilizing a diverse array of higher education institutions to act on bold climate commitments, to scale campus climate initiatives, and to create innovative climate solutions. Second Nature aims to align, amplify, and bridge the sector’s efforts with other global leaders to advance urgent climate priorities.

Email address: racetozero@secondnature.org

Webpage: https://secondnature.org/race-to-zero/

The Climate Leadership Network is a signature program of Second Nature that provides resources, networking, and national engagement opportunities for signatory institutions.

Signatories are colleges and universities in nearly all fifty states who are taking action on climate change and preparing students through research and education. Higher education institutions whose president/chancellor have made a formal commitment with respect to climate leadership on their campus by signing onto at least one of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments, become Climate Leadership Network signatories.

The Climate Leadership Network is the longest standing, carbon neutrality commitment by any sector in the world. Beginning in 2006, more than 900 campuses in the United States have made a commitment to carbon neutrality. The Climate Leadership Network currently has 10 institutions that are carbon neutral.

Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Network brings over 325 participating campuses to the Race to Zero campaign. You may view all Climate Leadership Network and Race to Zero participants at the following link https://reporting.secondnature.org/institution/data/.

For more information about Second Nature and the Climate Leadership Network, contact Steve Muzzy (smuzzy@secondnature.org), Senior Manager, Climate Programs.

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Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action

Under the auspices of UN Climate Change, fashion stakeholders worked during 2018 to identify ways in which the broader textile, clothing and fashion industry can move towards an holistic commitment to climate action.

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Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action

Under the auspices of UN Climate Change, fashion stakeholders worked during 2018 to identify ways in which the broader textile, clothing and fashion industry can move towards an holistic commitment to climate action. They created the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action which contains the vision to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The Fashion Industry Charter was launched at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018.

The Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action goes beyond previous industry-wide commitments. Work under Fashion Charter for Climate Action is guided by its mission to drive the fashion industry to net-zero Greenhouse Gas emissions no later than 2050 in line with keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees.

It also includes a target of 30% GHG emission reductions by 2030 and a commitment to analyze and set a decarbonization pathway for the fashion industry drawing on methodologies from the Science-Based Targets Initiative.

This target – which is one of many goals enshrined in the Charter – is a clear demonstration that the fashion industry is serious about urgently acting on climate change and is keen to set an example to other sectors around the level of commitment required to meet the scale of the climate challenge.

Under UN Climate Change, the Signatories and Supporting Organizations of the Charter will work collaboratively to deliver on the principles enshrined in the document. This will be done through Working Groups, which will bring together relevant stakeholders, experts and initiatives in the fashion and broader textile sector.

The Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, with its Working Groups, will identify and amplify best practices, strengthen existing efforts, identify and address gaps, facilitate and strengthen collaboration among relevant stakeholders, and join resources and share tools to enable the sector to achieve its climate targets.

The industry charter specifies the following overarching areas of work to be further developed by specific Working Groups:

  • Decarbonization pathway and GHG emission reductions
  • Raw material
  • Manufacturing/Energy
  • Logistics
  • Policy engagement
  • Leveraging existing tools and initiatives
  • Promoting broader climate action
  • Brand/Retailer Owned or Operated Emissions

Read the full text of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action.

For more information, please consult our frequently asked questions.

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Healthcare Without Harm

Health Care Without Harm works to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.

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Healthcare Without Harm

Health Care Without Harm works to transform health care worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.

We are forging a path for the health sector to reach zero emissions by 2050 with climate solutions that can protect public health while accelerating the transition to a low emissions, resilient economy. To achieve these goals, we’ve built a strategy to scale climate-smart health care with three interwoven objectives:

Mitigation: Decarbonize health care’s energy consumption, operations, and supply chain and reduce its climate footprint in alignment with the ambition of the Paris Agreement.

Resilience: Build health systems and facilities to withstand and thrive despite the impacts of climate change by deploying climate solutions that can achieve more equitable access to care, resulting in healthy, resilient communities.

Leadership: Accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy by being climate policy advocates, leveraging our purchasing power to hasten societal decarbonization, and mobilizing health care institutions, both public and private, as trusted climate communicators.

The Health Care Without Harm Global Network is composed of regional offices in EuropeSouth East AsiaUnited States & Canada;   a Latin America regional team and a global secretariat. Strategic partner organizations represent us in Australia (Climate and Health Alliance), Brazil (Projecto Hospitais Saudáveis), China (Rock Environment and Energy Institute) India (Public Health Foundation of IndiaCentre For Chronic Disease ControlLung Care FoundationHealthy Energy Initiative India), Nepal (The Health Environment and Climate Action Foundation) and South Africa (groundWork).

Health Care Without Harm and its partners lead Global Green and Healthy Hospitals, a worldwide network of hospitals and health systems with more than 1,450 members in 72 countries, representing the interests of over 43,000 hospitals and health centers. In the U.S. and Canada We work in partnership with international organizations, including the World Health OrganizationUnited Nations Development Program (UNDP), Global Climate and Health Alliance, and World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA). We provide advice to the Medical Society Consortium for Climate and Health and collaborates with health care professional organizations worldwide pushing for a healthy COVID-19 recovery by urging government leaders to build back better, stronger and fairer.

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Water UK

As a sector that is rooted in the environment, the water industry is committed to playing its part in tackling the threat of climate change and limiting the rise of global temperatures to 1.5°C. Water UK will help companies navigate that net zero journey.

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Water UK

Net zero water

As a sector that is rooted in the environment, the water industry is committed to playing its part in tackling the threat of climate change and limiting the rise of global temperatures to 1.5°C.

In 2019, water companies in England joined forces to make a pledge to reach net zero on operational emissions by 2030. Since then, companies in Scotland and Wales have committed to achieving carbon neutrality across all emissions by 2040 with a pledge from Northern Ireland to deliver the same target by 2050.

The climate emergency presents an extreme challenge to water and sewage treatment in the UK with a significant increase of drought risk predicted between now and 2050. These droughts are increasing in frequency, severity, and duration due to the climate emergency and population growth.

Without action, the risk of not having enough water to satisfy our customers’ demand is very real.

Water companies across the UK are adapting to this challenge in a number of ways, from building the resilience of our supplies by cutting losses through leaks, to the development of bold projects to move water around the country. We’re also preparing for more floods with new investment plans that set climate-ready standards for drainage.

The UK water industry is responsible for the delivery of 15 billion litres of water and the treatment of sewage from over 28 million properties every day. We do this through a significant network of interconnected assets, including over 7,000 treatment sites and enough buried pipework to reach to the moon and back.

Moving and treating water is an energy intensive process, which leads to the emission of millions of tonnes of greenhouse gases every year. Our emissions as a sector can broadly be split into operational and capital, also known as embedded, emissions.

The journey to Net Zero Water

The sector’s journey to net zero carbon will be a complex one, bringing together a variety of technologies, initiatives and behaviours to drive down emissions. Each water company will have its own detailed plan, reflecting specific operational requirements and localised factors such as electricity grid constraints. Individual company plans will also set out in more detail how net zero will be delivered in harmony with the plans of key regional stakeholders including electricity distribution network operators, local authorities, and environmental NGOs.

Water companies are committed to protecting customer bills by taking a ‘least cost’ approach to decarbonisation that maximises opportunities to generate new income or improve efficiency.

For more information, please visit: www.water.org.uk

 

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International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA)

International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) is a collaborative working group of environmentally committed wineries focused on a science-based approach to reducing carbon emissions across the wine industry. Each member within IWCA takes responsibility to hold ourselves and each other accountable to build a cleaner, more resilient wine community for future generations.

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International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA)

The wine industry is one of the agricultural activities most affected by global climate change. Grapevines are extremely sensitive to subtle changes in weather, making grapes particularly vulnerable to heat and drought, and this could ultimately put the quality of our wines at risk.

International Wineries for Climate Action (IWCA) is a collaborative working group of environmentally committed wineries focused on a science-based approach to reducing carbon emissions across the wine industry. Each member within IWCA takes responsibility to hold ourselves and each other accountable to build a cleaner, more resilient wine community for future generations.

IWCA is open to wineries from any country who recognize that climate change is the most significant threat facing the wine industry, and who are guided by the urgency for strategic action that accelerates the implementation of strategies and innovative solutions to tackle climate change.

Our goal is to share best practices that mitigate climate impacts in vineyard and winery operations so that we can act collectively to decarbonize the global wine industry today, by applying direct solutions avoiding offseting carbon credits.

IWCA was co-founded by Familia Torres and Jackson Family Wines, two leading wineries with a multigenerational vision rooted in environmental stewardship and responsible business practices.

IWCA has received the 2019 Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Award for Social Visionary on the Year.

IWCA joins United Nations’ Race to Zero, becoming the first member representing the wine and agricultural industry.

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Cities Race to Zero

Cities Race to Zero has a goal of recruiting 1,000 cities to the Race to Zero, in support of the COP26 Roadmap of Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency to the UNFCCC.

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Cities Race to Zero

Cities Race to Zero is a joint initiative of C40 Cities, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, United Cities and Local Governments, CDP, the World Wide Fund for Nature and the World Resources Institute to mobilize an unprecedented coalition of cities committed to setting science-based targets and start implementing inclusive and resilient climate action as part of the Race to Zero and in support of the COP26 Roadmap of Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency to the UNFCCC.

It has a goal of recruiting 1,000 cities to the Race to Zero, in support of the COP26 Roadmap of Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency to the UNFCCC.

C40 Cities

C40 Cities is a network of nearly 100 mayors of the world’s leading cities who are working to deliver the urgent action needed right now to confront the climate crisis and create a future where everyone, everywhere can thrive. Mayors of C40 cities are committed to using a science-based and people-focused approach to help the world limit global heating to 1.5°C and build healthy, equitable and resilient communities. Through a Global Green New Deal, mayors are working alongside a broad coalition of representatives from labor, business, the youth climate movement and civil society to go further and faster than ever before.

ICLEI

The ICLEI Malmö Commitment and Strategic Vision is a pledge to make sustainable development the only model for development in the urban 21st century. Its joint programs, projects, initiatives, research, capacity building and advocacy in ICLEI drive worldwide action towards sustainability.At the ICLEI World Congress 2018 in Montréal, local and regional leaders across the ICLEI network released the ICLEI Montréal Commitment and Strategic Vision. Three years later, at the Virtual Launch of the ICLEI World Congress 2021 – 2022, hosted by Malmö, Sweden, the network refined and recommitted to this vision, The ICLEI Malmö Commitment And Strategic Vision 2021 – 2027.As a compass to shape and manage our actions in a rapidly changing world and to transform our cities, towns and regions, ICLEI will drive action through five critical, strategic and interlinked pathways that are the basis of sustainable urban development: low emission development, nature-based development, circular development, resilient development and equitable and people-centered development.In response to the global climate emergency, ICLEI launched a Climate Neutrality Framework, calling for the necessary level of ambition and daring leadership in all cities, towns and regions around the globe, whether urban or rural. As a part of the Green Climate Cities Program, this neutrality framework calls on all local and regional governments to accelerate climate action now. 
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Net Zero Insurance Alliance

The UN-convened Net-Zero Insurance Alliance (NZIA) brings together eight of the world’s leading insurers and reinsurers to play their part in accelerating the transition to net-zero emissions economies. They are committing to individually transition their underwriting portfolios to net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, consistent with a maximum temperature rise of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100.

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Net Zero Insurance Alliance

The UN-convened Net-Zero Insurance Alliance (NZIA) brings together eight of the world’s leading insurers and reinsurers to play their part in accelerating the transition to net-zero emissions economies. They are committing to individually transition their underwriting portfolios to net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, consistent with a maximum temperature rise of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100.

As risk managers, insurers and investors, the insurance industry has a key role in supporting the transition to a net-zero economy. NZIA members will individually set science-based intermediate targets every five years and independently report on their progress publicly on an annual basis.

The NZIA will build on the pioneering work that the founding signatories have already begun as investors through their membership of the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance where all eight NZIA founding members are already individually setting science-based 2025 decarbonisation targets for their respective investment portfolios in line with a net-zero transition pathway.

The founding members of the NZIA are: AXA (Chair), Allianz, Aviva, Generali, Munich Re, SCOR, Swiss Re, and Zurich. It is convened by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative and chaired by AXA’s Group Chief Risk Officer, Renaud Guidée.

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Scotch Whisky Association

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has become Scotland’s first trade association, and the UK’s first food and drink trade association, to be recognised as a Race to Zero partner in the lead up to COP26.

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Scotch Whisky Association

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has become Scotland’s first trade association, and the UK’s first food and drink trade association, to be recognised as a Race to Zero partner in the lead up to COP26.

The partnership recognizes the Scotch Whisky industry’s commitment to robust net zero criteria in line with globally halving emissions by 2030.

The Scotch Whisky Association has achieved partner status because of the Scotch Whisky industry’s commitment to environmental sustainability, which is set out in the Scotch Whisky industry’s Sustainability Strategy.

The Strategy, which was launched in January this year, commits the sector to reaching net zero in its operations by 2040, five years ahead of the Scottish Government’s target and 10 years ahead of the UK Government’s target.

It also includes ambitious targets to drive down the industry’s environmental impact in key areas including water use, packaging and responsible land use.

Scotch Whisky companies can now join Race to Zero through the SWA by publicly pledging to achieve net zero as soon as possible, producing a clear plan for how they will achieve these targets and contribute their share in the race to zero – all in line with the Scotch Whisky industry’s Sustainability Strategy.