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What is the Race to Zero initiative?

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 halve global emissions by 2030 and deliver a healthier, fairer zero carbon world in time.


Associations represent business, professions, public interest and industries and so are critical to the seismic shift required to transition to a zero-carbon world.

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

CAFA is a Global Accelerator of Race to Zero

As a global accelerator to the Race to Zero, Climate Action for Associations encourages all associations to join the Race to Zero either as ambitious Actors, Members or Accelerators .

We are focused on building partnerships of ‘clusters’ of associations and create and support ways to interconnect associations representing systems and supply chains to mobilise action and implement change. We join up powerful industry Actors and Alliances and support them to join the Race to Zero.

All Associations whether part of the CAFA Collective or not are encouraged to join the Race to Zero, which is intended to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth.

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  • Your climate commitments and action efforts will be recognised as credible and science-based, supported by the UN;

  • You will be supported in setting, implementing and achieving your targets;

  • You will join a community spanning regions and sectors, with whom to share tools and knowledge;

  • You will have access to powerful communications materials and play a part in the run up to and at COP26;

  • You will actively play a role in 2021 as the most decisive year in climate action history.

Race to Zero Criteria

In order to join the Race to Zero all Associations and other stakeholders need to meet a set of minimum criteria.

These criteria represent the “starting line” for the race, so meeting them reflects that actors have begun the process. These ‘meta-criteria’ are known as the Five ‘P’s.

Pledge: Pledge at the head-of-organization level to reach (net) zero GHGs as soon as possible, and by midcentury 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. To the extent possible, report via platforms that feed into the UNFCCC Global Climate Action Portal.

Persuade: Using your independence and credibility to align your industry policy and engagement to work towards halving emissions by 2030.

Race to Resilience

Race to Resilience is a sibling campaign of Race to Zero. Through a partnership of initiatives, the campaign focuses on helping frontline communities to build resilience and adapt to impacts of climate change, such as extreme heat, drought, flooding and sea-level rise.

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