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GLOBAL ABC Becomes a Race To Zero Accelerator

In this year of climate action and COP26, the GlobalABC is proud to become a Race to Zero Accelerator, and is calling on all its members to make strong and credible climate commitments, and to take immediate actions towards a zero-emission, resilient and efficient buildings and construction sector.


Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally climate leadership from non-state actors – businesses, cities, states, regions, universities and investors – for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. All organisations recognised by Race To Zero are committed to the same overarching goal: halving emissions by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest. The campaign has so far mobilised 733 cities, 31 regions, 3067 businesses, 173 of the biggest investors, and 624 Higher Education Institutions, bringing together leading decarbonisation initiatives.


Restricting climate change to 1.5°C would need “rapid and far-reaching” changes around energy use, industry and buildings design, as well as the wider planning of cities and infrastructure. The buildings and construction sector currently account for almost 40% of global energy and process-related carbon emissions, while around half of buildings that are predicted to exist in 2050 have yet to be built. Continuing in this direction, over 970 cities could be subjected to extreme heat, 500 cities could suffer from lack of water availability, and over 570 cities could be impacted by sea level rise by 2050. If action is not taken today, we risk locking emissions and vulnerability into our buildings and infrastructure that will become increasingly costly to mitigate in the future.


As the leading global platform for built environment stakeholders committed to a zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector, our members include critical actors from the sector's value chain such as businesses, investors, regions, cities and universities. A Paris-compliant world is not possible without a decarbonized built environment, and the GlobalABC therefore invites all its members to meet the Race to Zero criteria and to join the campaign through one of its partner initiatives/networks.

The following initiatives provide a route for individual organisations/entities to join the growing movement towards Race To Zero:


For Businesses:

  • Business ambition for 1.5°C

  • The Climate Pledge

  • B Corp Climate Collective

  • Exponential Roadmap Initiative

  • Business Declares

  • SME Climate Hub

  • Pledge to Net Zero

  • The future Net Zero standard with CBN Expert Community

  • Planet Mark


Financial Institutions:

  • UN-Convened Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance

  • Net Zero Asset Managers initiative

  • Paris Aligned Investment Initiative


Cities: Cities Race to Zero

States & Regions: Under2 Coalition

Country-wide initiatives: Japan Climate Initiative - Race to Zero circle

Universities: Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges


Sectoral Initiatives:

  • Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action

  • Water UK

  • International Wineries for Climate Action

  • Health Care Without Harm


Joining Race to Zero means joining a group of frontrunners that envision a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth - Cross the starting line and begin your Race to Zero with us!


For more information on the Race to Zero campaign, please contact us at global.abc@un.org.


Visit: https://globalabc.org/news/globalabc-becomes-race-zero-accelerator

Source: Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction

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