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Race to Zero is the UN-backed global campaign building momentum towards achieving a climate-resilient, zero-carbon economy that will secure a healthy, sustainable and inclusive future for all.

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

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.

In partnership with a coalition of net zero initiatives, the global Race to Zero represents more than 1,049 cities, 67 regions, 5,235 businesses, 441 of the biggest investors, and 1,039 Higher Education Institutions. But a global campaign relies on commitments at local and community levels. The Race to Zero in Australia shows clearly how organisations throughout NSW are ready to commit and invest in our net-zero future. Like the global campaign, we call on leaders to commit to science-based targets and strategies that will contribute to halving global emissions by 2030 and achieving net-zero by or before 2050.

Race to Zero is a race against time and a race against ourselves. Against the mistaken idea that it can’t be done. Winning this race requires radical and innovative collaboration. Together we are racing for a healthier, safer, climate-resilient world. The more organisations in the race, the faster we run, and the closer we get to the finish line.

Organisations across the global economy are welcome to join Race to Zero.

For participants from Australia, please see here. To see all the members in Race to Zero, please click here.

To join Race to Zero, please visit the website.

You are pledging, at the Head of Organisation level, to meet the minimum criteria of the Race to Zero.

Different Partner initiatives will support members in different ways. Please visit the Race to Zero’s ‘Meet our Partners’ page to understand more.

That’s fantastic if your parent company globally is already signed up. You can then speak to the global initiative that your parent company has signed up with and follow the relevant steps to show your alliance to the Race to Zero.

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For Businesses

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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

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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

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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!

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For Universities & Colleges

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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

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