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Globally and

45

in Race to Zero in Australia

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What is the Race to Zero?

Race to Zero is the UN-backed global campaign rallying non-state actors – including companies, cities, regions, financial, educational, and healthcare institutions – to take rigorous and immediate action to reduce emissions and deliver a healthier, fairer zero carbon world in time.

All members are committed to the same overarching goal: reducing emissions across all scopes swiftly and fairly in line with the Paris Agreement, with transparent action plans and robust near-term targets.

Led by the High-Level Climate Champions for Climate Action – Nigel Topping and Gonzalo Muñoz – Race To Zero mobilises 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.

Why Race to Zero?

By committing you will actively play a role in 2021 - the most decisive year in climate action history.

Your climate commitments and actions will be recognised as credible and science-based, supported by the UN

You will be supported by partner organisations in setting, implementing and achieving your targets

You will join a local and global community of like-minded innovators with whom to share tools, strategies and knowledge.

You will have access to powerful communications material and contribute to the run up to COP26 and post COP26.

You will help build momentum and add your voice to the Race to Zero across Australia, Australia and the rest of the world.

How is the Race run?

The Race to Zero is an umbrella campaign—driven by science—that aggregates commitments to become net zero, absolute zero, or climate positive from a range of leading networks and initiatives across the climate action community. Networks and Initiatives that join Race to Zero are termed “Partners,” while the companies, cities, states and regions, investors, and other individual entities that participate in these networks and initiatives are termed “Members.”

Partner networks and initiatives define the exact criteria that businesses, cities, states and regions, investors, universities, and other Members setting targets are required to meet, tailored for different types of actors. Please refer to the websites of the individual networks and initiatives that make up the Race to Zero Partners for full details regarding the criteria they apply to their participants to become Members. Note that, for some networks and initiatives, only a subset of their participants are put forward as Race to Zero Members.

The High-level Climate Champions, backed by the UNFCCC, require that the commitments brought forward by networks and initiatives recognized in the Race to Zero campaign meet a minimum set of common criteria:

  • “Starting Line” criteria define procedural steps for all actors in the Race to Zero
  • Leadership Practices” define substantive areas where networks and initiatives must at least reach the current frontier of best practice, and indicate how leaders can push beyond it.
pledge

Pledge

Pledge at the head-of-organisation level to reach net-zero GHGs as soon as possible, and by 2050 at the latest. Set an interim target to achieve by 2030, which reflects maximum effort reflective of the IPCC Report on Global Warming of 1.5C

plan

Plan

Explain what actions will be taken to achieve interim and long-term pledges within 12 months of committing with emphasis on short- to medium-term strategies.

proceed

Proceed

Take immediate action toward achieving net-zero, consistent with the targets specified.

publish

Publish

Make public an annual report outlining progress against interim and long-term targets and further actions to be taken. When possible, report via platforms that feed into the UNFCCC Global Climate Action Portal.

Who’s in the Race?

For Businesses

About Committing

Innovative leaders and their businesses are uniquely positioned to accelerate the Race to Zero and can have a measurable impact on communities striving for a climate-resilient future.

Together with a climate-positive impact on communities, businesses can future-proof their growth, manage risk, build resilience against regulation, drive industry innovation, and strengthen brand reputation. And like all meaningful progress, it starts with a commitment.

In Australia, Race To Zero is being accelerated by the We Mean Business Coalition, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and their Australian branch, WWF, Global Compact Network Australia, NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment, and Impact X, plus a coalition of national and international partners.

Once committed, businesses have 12 months to plan strategies and actions that will achieve their interim and long-term targets of reducing global emissions and ultimately achieving net zero by 2050. With shared resources and communications material at their disposal, businesses will spring into action and make public an annual progress report to showcase their ongoing efforts and commitment to a sustainable climate-resilient future.

If your business is ready to commit to join Race to Zero in Australia at the head-of-organisation level, you’re in the right place.

Welcome to The Starting Line.

For Financial Institutions

About Committing

The most sustainable investment financial institutions can make is an investment in a zero-carbon economy for themselves and their stakeholders. By joining Race to Zero, financial institutions can build sustainable net-zero investment portfolios and secure returns on investments, but most importantly, on a climate-positive future.

Financial institutions are invited to sign up and commit via one of the Race to Zero’s partners and in doing so, they will also join the Glasgow Finance Alliance for Net Zero.

Once committed, financial institutions have 12 months to plan strategies and actions that will achieve their interim and long-term targets of net-zero emissions by 2050. With shared resources and communications material at their disposal, financial institutions will spring into action and make public an annual progress report to showcase their ongoing efforts and commitment to a sustainable climate-resilient future.

If you organisation is ready to join Race to Zero in Australia at the head-of-organisation level, you’re in the right place.

Welcome to The Starting Line.

For Local Councils

About Committing

Cities, regions and local councils can join the Race to Zero and have an immediate, real-world impact on the shift towards zero-carbon economies. From urban planning and waste management to policymaking and collaboration with community partners, local councils have the power to act on carbon-reduction strategies and create thriving and sustainable environments for their communities.

Cities and local councils are invited to sign up to Race to Zero via the Cities Race to Zero initiative, whilst states and regions are welcomed to join via the Under2 Coalition. Once committed, local councils have 12 months to plan strategies and actions that will achieve their interim and long-term targets of net-zero emissions by 2050. With shared resources and communications material at their disposal, local councils will spring into action and make public an annual progress report to showcase their ongoing efforts and commitment to a sustainable climate-resilient future.

If you’re a local council ready to join Race to Zero in Australia at the head-of-organisation level, you’re in the right place.

Welcome to The Starting Line.

For Universities and Colleges

About Committing

As the seat of climate change research, universities and colleges not only provide the road map for the future ahead, they can be leaders in the race towards net-zero emissions.

Universities and colleges are invited to join Race to Zero via the Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges. Once committed, educational institutions have 12 months to plan strategies and actions that will achieve their interim and long-term targets of net-zero emissions by 2050. With shared resources and communications material at their disposal, educational institutions will spring into action and make public an annual progress report to showcase their ongoing efforts and commitment to a sustainable climate-resilient future.

If you’re a university or college ready to commit to join the Race to Zero in Australia at the head-of-organisation level, you’re in the right place.

Welcome to The Starting Line.

Downer Sustainability Report

2021

Downer acknowledges that climate change mitigation is a shared responsibility. To support the transition to a low-carbon economy in an equitable manner, Downer recognises the need to develop emissions reduction targets that align with the 2015 Paris Agreement goals to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C by the end of this century. 

In 2019, we leveraged the Science-Based Target Initiative’s framework and guidance to set an ambitious long-term GHG emissions reduction target (aligned to a 1.5°C pathway). We committed to the decarbonisation of our absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 45-50 per cent by 2035 from a FY18 base year, and to being net zero in the second half of this century. In FY21, we tightened this commitment by pledging to be net zero by 2050.

Downer will track our progress towards these emissions reduction targets and review our emissions reduction approach in line with Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s updated scientific reports, while also considering other developments in low-emissions technology to ensure a practical and affordable transition towards this commitment.

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For Businesses

About committing

Innovative leaders and their businesses are uniquely positioned to accelerate the Race to Zero and can have a measurable impact on communities striving for a climate-resilient future.

Together with a climate-positive impact on communities, businesses can future-proof their growth, manage risk, build resilience against regulation, drive industry innovation, and strengthen brand reputation.

And like all meaningful progress, it starts with a commitment.

Businesses are invited to sign and commit via one of the Race to Zero’s partner initiatives.

  • Business Ambition for 1.5 Degrees – choose this initiative if your organisation wants to set a net-zero target in line with a 1.5°C future.
  • SME Climate Hub – choose this initiative if your organisation has 500 or less employees
  • The Climate Pledge – choose this initiative if your organisation wants to reach net zero carbon by 2040, reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement 10 years early.

Once committed, businesses have 12 months to plan strategies and actions that will achieve their interim and long-term targets of net-zero emissions by 2050. With shared resources and communications material at their disposal, businesses will spring into action and make public an annual progress report to showcase their ongoing efforts and commitment to a sustainable climate-resilient future.

If your business is ready to commit to the Race to Zero in Australia at the head-of-organisation level, you’re in the right place!

Welcome to The Starting Line.

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For Financial Institutions

About committing

The most sustainable investment financial institutions can make is an investment in a zero-carbon economy for themselves and their stakeholders. Together with Race to Zero in Australia, financial institutions can build sustainable net-zero investment portfolios and secure returns on investments, but most importantly, on a climate-positive future.

Financial institutions are invited to sign up and commit via one of the Race to Zero’s partners and in doing so, they will also join the Glasgow Finance Alliance for Net Zero.

Once committed, financial institutions have 12 months to plan strategies and actions that will achieve their interim and long-term targets of net-zero emissions by 2050. With shared resources and communications material at their disposal, financial institutions will spring into action and make public an annual progress report to showcase their ongoing efforts and commitment to a sustainable climate-resilient future.

If you’re a financial institution is ready to commit to the Race to Zero in Australia at the head-of-organisation level, you’re in the right place!

Welcome to The Starting Line.

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For Local Councils

About committing

Local Councils can accelerate the Race to Zero and have an immediate, real-world impact on the shift towards zero-carbon economies. From urban planning and waste management to policymaking and collaboration with community partners, local councils have the power to act on carbon-reduction strategies and create thriving and sustainable environments for their communities.

Cities and local councils are invited to sign up to Race to Zero via the Cities Race to Zero initiative, whilst states and regions are welcomed to join via the Under2 Coalition. Once committed, local councils have 12 months to plan strategies and actions that will achieve their interim and long-term targets of net-zero emissions by 2050. With shared resources and communications material at their disposal, local councils will spring into action and make public an annual progress report to showcase their ongoing efforts and commitment to a sustainable climate-resilient future.

If you’re a local council ready to commit to the Race to Zero in Australia at the head-of-organisation level, you’re in the right place!

Welcome to The Starting Line.

Our net zero cities partners

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For Universities & Colleges

About committing

As the seat of climate change research, universities and colleges not only provide the road map for the future ahead, they can be leaders in the race towards net-zero emissions. Their research is the bedrock of the Race To Zero’s momentum and we are asking educational institutions to commit to the Race. To be a force for change as well as a source of knowledge.

Universities and colleges are invited to join Race to Zero via the Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges. Once committed, education institutions have 12 months to plan strategies and actions that will achieve their interim and long-term targets of net-zero emissions by 2050. With shared resources and communications material at their disposal, local councils will spring into action and make public an annual progress report to showcase their ongoing efforts and commitment to a sustainable climate-resilient future.

If you’re a university or college ready to commit to the Race to Zero in Australia at the head-of-organisation level, you’re in the right place!

Welcome to The Starting Line.

Our net zero cities partners

Register your interest