Invitation to the public consultation on the future of Race to Zero

By Climate Champions | June 11, 2021

The High-Level Champions for Climate Action – Gonzalo Muñoz and Nigel Topping – would like to invite you to the opening session and launch of the Public Consultation on the Future of Race to Zero on Wednesday June 23 2021 at 17:00 – 18:00 BST.

Please click here to register for the event.

Building on the recent criteria refinement process led by the University of Oxford and supported by all the Race to Zero Partners, the Champions announced in their press release on the strengthened and clarified criteria the need to further discuss topics including the implementation of these commitments, measuring progress and ensuring the integrity of commitments.

This session will open a 10-week period for written-submissions on specific questions to be outlined during this consultation. The written submission form will be made publicly available directly after the briefing.

About the consultation

The future of Race to Zero Invitation to public consultation sets out the context and outlines the process for the open consultation to shape the future of Race to Zero. This process, driven by the High-Level Champions on Climate Action and all the Race to Zero Partners, will explore how to drive cooperation and coordination within the climate action ecosystem to leverage different non-State actors’ capacities and expertise with a view to ensure the implementation of robust climate action based on credible net-zero targets.

In realizing this vision, each actor and institution is encouraged to reflect upon the contributions they can offer and the functions they must perform to halve emissions by 2030 and accelerate the shift towards a 1.5C aligned trajectory.

The process for the public consultation is as follows:

  • The High-Level Climate Champions and the UNFCCC will convene an opening session on Wednesday, 23 June at 17:00 – 18:00 BST to launch the consultation.
  • Written submissions will be welcomed from Wednesday, 23 June, 18:00 BST until Friday, 3 September, 17:00 BST.
  • Responses will be carefully reviewed and a closing session to outline the findings from the written submissions will be held before COP.


Recognising the urgency of climate action and the increasing scrutiny of climate commitments by non-state actors, the Climate Champions are also convening a climate ‘townhall’ at London Climate Action Week.

The event – Get Net Zero Right – will reflect on the history of net zero, debate the current credibility challenges with non-state climate action, and explore the future of net zero efforts ahead of COP26 and beyond. You can register for the event here.

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