Race to Zero aims to reduce carbon emissions by 2050, in a bid to save the world. Photo: Unsplash.

The Paris Agreement (2015)

Nations agreed to keep global temperatures below a 2°C rise, if possible limiting the increase to 1.5°C. But scientists predict we are heading towards 3°C by the end of the century.

It now turns to the UK to take a lead in reducing climate change as hosts of COP26 in November 2021.

What is Race to Zero?

A global campaign supported by the United Nations (UN).

It pulls together cities, regions, businesses, investors and universities in order to support a zero carbon recovery.

It is the largest ever alliance committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

What are its goals?

To create a healthier, fairer, zero carbon world that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs and unlocks sustainable growth.

  • Halve global carbon emissions by 2030
  • Achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Who is behind it?

Nigel Topping and Gonzalo Munoz – the high level Climate Champions for Climate Action. They are joined so far by 120 countries, 24 regions, 708 cities, 2,360 companies, 624 universities and 163 investors, who have all joined the Climate Ambition Alliance launched at the UNSG’s Climate Action Summit in 2019.

These members now collectively cover nearly 25% of global CO2 emissions and over 50% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

How will Race to Zero affect me?

Reaching a ‘net zero’ is a necessary step to beating climate change and the devastation it is causing across the globe.

With greater warming comes a greater risk to all sectors of society and the natural landscape – including extreme weather, a rise in sea levels, loss and extinction of species and a deterioration of many other dimensions of human wellbeing.

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