Race to Zero

Campaign Overview 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.

All 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.

Led by the High Level Climate Champions for Climate Action, Race To Zero mobilizes actors outside of national governments to join the Climate Ambition Alliance, which was launched at the UNSG’s Climate Action Summit 2019 by the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera.

It mobilizes a coalition of leading net zero initiatives, representing 52 regions, 1103 cities, 7126 companies, 1103 educational institutions, 541 financial institutions, over 3,000 hospitals from 60 healthcare institutions and 24 “other” institutions.

All actors must meet stringent criteria which will bring them to the starting line to credibly race to zero emissions. These ‘real economy’ actors join 120 countries in the largest ever alliance committed to halving emissions by 2030 and achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest.

Who's in?

Each Race to Zero member below is 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.

Together they form the largest, growing, alliance of non-state actors committed to taking rigorous and immediate action to halve global emissions by 2030 and deliver a healthier, fairer zero carbon world in time.

Current members of Race to Zero have joined the campaign through the following initiatives and networks – all of which are official partners. Please note that there are some instances where an individual actor is signed-up to multiple initiatives.

Members of Race to Zero automatically join countries in the Climate Ambition Alliance.

Click here for more information.

Meet our Partners

Race to Zero Partners are the pillars under the campaign. These Partners are the funnels through which individual members can join the Race; they provide the support and guidance to members for how to commit to credible climate targets and take meaningful action against these goals.

Our Partners span actor types, sectors and regions.

Click here to view our full list of partners.

Case Studies

All Race to Zero members are committed to the same overarching goal: taking rigorous action to reduce emissions across all scopes swiftly and fairly in line with the Paris Agreement.

Click here to explore a sample of case studies that offer a glimpse into the economy-wide actions underway to halve emissions by 2030 and deliver a healthier, fairer, zero carbon world in time.

Apply to Join the Race
  • Join As a Partner

    On the road to COP26, the High-Level Champions will engage new coalitions and initiatives who are prepared to meet Race to Zero’s ‘minimum criteria’ (see below for more information). Partner initiatives act as the secretariats through which individual members can join and thus facilitate the exponential growth of members joining the Race to Zero.

    These Partner initiatives are required to apply by filling in an application form in which they must demonstrate how they manage their members to meet the criteria. Their application will be reviewed by an independent, Expert Peer Review Group who will determine whether or not the Partner initiative meets the criteria.

    To join as a Partner initiative, please:

    1. Submit your application form
    2. Submit a list of your members

    Send to our Technical Expert Peer Review Group, chaired by Oxford University: RaceToZero@unfccc.int

    The Race to Zero Application Procedure document outlines the process for initiatives wishing to apply.

    If you have any further questions about the application process or wish to speak to a member of the Race to Zero Campaign, please contact: RaceToZero@unfccc.int.

  • Join As a Member

    Individual organisations are invited to join the Race by applying to the relevant Partner Initiative listed above. The High Level Champions welcome participants from all sectors of society, across the world, to ensure a just and global transition to a zero carbon future.

Why join?

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 of members spanning regions and sectors, with whom to share tools and knowledge;

You will have access to powerful communications material and play a part in the run up to and at COP27;

You will actively play a role in 2022 as the most decisive year in climate action history.

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Understand the Criteria

The High-level Climate Champions require that all members joining the Race to Zero campaign through relevant Partner initiatives meet a minimum set of procedural criteria.

To find out more about the Race to Zero criteria, please click here.

Help Accelerate the Race

Race to Zero has already grown to 10,000+ members  over two years, but we can do more to implement and accelerate climate action.

Initiatives and networks may wish to support the Race to Zero as Accelerators. Accelerators enhance the credibility of the campaign, and accelerate Race to Zero membership. They do this by enabling the implementation of our criteria, and by encouraging future members to join Partner initiatives. Accelerators drive us faster on the Race.

The benefits of joining as an Accelerator include: credibility on net zero and pushing the boundaries of non-state leadership in climate action; external engagement support; and cross-cutting connections with other Accelerators and Partners.

Accelerators will commit to align with Race to Zero’s criteria; accelerate membership; share knowledge and host events; engage with the Race to Zero team and enhance diversity, across regions and sectors. For sector-specific Accelerators, we welcome your support towards achieving the Climate Champions’ Breakthroughs.


  • Who are our Accelerators?

    We are thrilled to recognise as Accelerators the following initiatives:

    • Confederation of British Industry – CBI is a not-for-profit membership organisation that speaks on behalf of thousands of UK businesses in the belief that business has the power to do good.
    • GSMA – The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with almost 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors.
    • UK Green Building Council – UKGBC is uniting the UK building industry using sustainability as a catalyst to positively transform the places people use every day. A charity with almost 700 member organisations spanning the entire sector, UKGBC represents the voice of the industry’s current and future leaders who are striving for transformational change.
    • Corporate Leaders Group – The Corporate Leaders Groups’ members seek to share experiences with policymakers and business to promote ambitious and practical outcomes which: help achieve the goal of net zero emissions in the UK and Europe by 2050 at the latest; ensure cumulative global carbon emissions do not exceed one trillion tonnes; and build an economy that supports and enables the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
    • Alliances for Climate Action – ACA is a network of multistakeholder national alliances of sub-national and non-state actors (companies, investors, subnational govts, academia, civil society, and others) dedicated to driving ambitious climate action, increasing public support for addressing the climate crisis, and engaging national governments to accelerate a 1.5C and inclusive net zero future.
    • Sustainable Healthcare Coalition – The Sustainable Healthcare Coalition is a healthcare sector led group that looks for the greatest opportunities to inspire sustainable practices in healthcare through the collaboration of its members.
    • Bankers for Net Zero – Bankers for Net Zero is an initiative bringing together banks, businesses and regulators to enable banks to successfully support their clients, accelerate the transition to net zero and deliver on the UK government’s ambitions for addressing climate change.
    • Community Impact Challenge (CIC) – CIC is an INSEAD alumni-led initiative launched globally in December 2019, which brings together the passion and actions of a growing network of volunteers and supporters to mobilise the business community with concrete actions to create a positive impact, aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
    • Edie – Edie is the industry-leading, purpose-driven business media brand which empowers sustainability, energy and environmental professionals of all levels to make business more sustainable through award-winning content and events.
    • Association of British Insurers – the Association of British Insurers is the voice of the UK’s world-leading insurance and long-term savings industry. The industry supports towns and cities across Britain in building back a balanced and innovative economy, employing over 310,000 individuals in high-skilled, lifelong careers, two-thirds of which are outside of London.
    • Climate Action for Associations (CAFA) – CAFA’s mission is to harness the collective power and influence of whole sectors, systems and professions to support a sustainable economy, by helping all membership organisations to implement climate action and sustainability programmes internally, and deliver climate action and sustainability support to members.
    • Positive Impact Events – Positive Impact Events is a not-for-profit, which exists to create a sustainable event sector through collaboration, engagement and education. Positive Impact has a global community of over 1600 event sector ambassadors who commit to using their voices to champion sustainable events.
    • The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) – CGF is a unique CEO-led organization that helps the world’s retailers and consumer goods manufacturers to collaborate, alongside other key stakeholders, to secure consumer trust and drive positive change in key areas like environmental and social sustainability, health, food safety and across the value chain.
    • The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) – ITI is the premier global advocate for technology, representing the world’s most innovative companies, including makers of hardware, software, services, and related industries. ITI promotes public policies and industry standards that advance competition, innovation, and sustainability worldwide.
    • The Net Zero Lawyers Alliance (NZLA) – NZLA mobilizes commercial law firms, lawyers and law, to accelerate the transition to net zero through ambitious law firm science based targets, monitoring and reporting, capacity building  to ensure the provision of net zero aligned legal services to clients, and coordinated working groups and projects to resolve systemic challenges in the operating framework of international commercial law. The NZLA currently encompasses more than 100,000 lawyers across 40+ jurisdictions.
    • Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) – Representing 80% of the world’s concrete industry outside of China, the GCCA’s mission is to position concrete to meet the world’s needs for a material that can build and support growing, modern, sustainable and resilient communities through our Roadmap to Net Zero. Their vision sees a world where concrete supports global sustainable economic, social and environmental development priorities; and where it is valued as an essential material to deliver a sustainable future for the built environment.
    • Net Zero Pakistan (NZP) – NZP is an unprecedented collaboration between companies, public institutions, and sectoral experts for Pakistan to achieve net zero by 2050. The coalition comprises of leading private sector companies, contributing 15-20% of national exports, and is growing rapidly as it establishes the decarbonisation roadmap for Pakistan’s private sector.
    • Aldersgate Group – Aldersgate Group is a UK-based politically impartial, multi-stakeholder alliance championing a prosperous, net zero emissions, environmentally sustainable economy. The Group’s members include some of the largest businesses in the UK with a collective global turnover of over £550bn, as well as leading NGOs, professional institutes and academic institutions.
    • Business in the Community (BITC) – BITC formed in 1982 with HRH the Prince of Wales as their Founding Patron, is a network of 600+ business members dedicated to responsible business. BITC’s Climate Action campaign is leading a movement to create a fair and inclusive  transition to a net-zero, resilient future where people and nature thrive, by using our 7 steps for climate action to design and deliver ‘just transition’ plans with diverse stakeholders.  .
    • Institute of International Finance (IIF) – IIF is the global association of the financial industry, with about 400 members from more than 60 countries. Its mission is to support the financial industry in the prudent management of risks; to develop sound industry practices; and to advocate for regulatory, financial and economic policies that are in the broad interests of its members and foster global financial stability and sustainable economic growth.


    If you wish to have an initial conversation about being an Accelerator, contact: tessavincent@climatechampions.team.

    If you wish to become an Accelerator, fill out our form here and email it to: tessavincent@cliamtechampions.team / RacetoZero@unfccc.int.

  • How to become an Accelerator

    If you wish to contribute to accelerating the Race, please reach out to RacetoZero@unfccc.int and include the following:

    1. A list of your members
    2. A forward look of how you plan on driving your members into Race to Zero in the run up to COP26 (through events, teach-ins, communications, membership criteria etc.)
    3. An estimate of the number of members you aim to help recruit into the Campaign by November
Expert Peer Review Group

The High-Level Climate Champions have established an Expert Peer Review Group (EPRG) tasked with reviewing Race to Zero partner applications and providing independent recommendations to the Champions on whether the initiatives meet the Minimum Criteria for participation.

The EPRG considers applications from networks and initiatives on a rolling basis. It comprises scientific and technical experts and practitioners with relevant experience, including representatives from Race to Zero Partners. EPRG members serve in their individual capacity, not as representatives of their organisations, and are not compensated or remunerated for their time. The EPRG full Terms of Reference can be accessed here.

To view our EPRG please click here.