About the Working Group

Reaching net zero emissions no later than 2050 requires a rigorous ‘all of economy, all of society approach’. Governments and non-state actors must act rapidly to set and deliver commitments to halve emissions, build resilience and end nature loss by 2030. The recent Global Stocktake report underscores the need for greater urgency, scaled-up implementation and stronger collaborations.  This also requires us to continue to innovate, advance new frontiers of leadership, plan for the transition ahead and pivot business models.  As part of its commitment to advancing the frontiers of net zero leadership, Race to Zero and its Expert Peer Review Group convened a Working Group throughout 2023.

This group developed a discussion paper for consultation on opportunities for aligning the provision of services and advice by Professional Service Providers – specifically consultancy, legal and advertising providers – with net zero/1.5C, and to explore emerging best practices. This work builds on the EPRG’s interpretation guide which provides additional guidance for the Race to Zero criteria – including reference to emissions associated with the provision of services.  This also relates to the existing criteria of the Race to Zero, which includes the need to “persuade” others – i.e. use your influence to effect change around you.

To read the draft principles click here.

Consultations on the draft principles are now closed. An update on the consultation will be provided in due course.

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    Feedback on the draft principles is now closed.

    Please email tessaferry@climatechampions.team if you have any questions

First Consultation Meeting: Closed


    The first round of online consultations took place on Monday, 29th January 2024

    Event Description: The Race to Zero Working Group on Net-zero for Professional Service Providers has developed a discussion paper for consultation on opportunities for aligning the provision of services and advice by Professional Service Providers – including but not limited to consultancy, legal and advertising providers – with net zero/1.5C, and to explore emerging best practices. This work builds on the EPRG’s interpretation guide which provides additional guidance for the Race to Zero criteria – including reference to emissions associated with the provision of services.  This also relates to the existing criteria of the Race to Zero, which includes the need to “persuade” others – i.e. use your influence to effect change around you.

Know who’s in the Working Group?


    Co-Chair: Alexis McGivern is the Net Zero Standards Manager at Oxford Net Zero. She has a rich academic and professional background that includes being a Pershing Square Scholar at the University of Oxford. Additionally, Alexis has been at the forefront of numerous climate initiatives, such as the Global Youth Climate Training Programme and the 26,000 Climate Conversations initiative.

    Co-Chair: Ranjita Rajan is an influential voice in the field of inclusion, sustainability, and equitable net-zero transitions. With experience spanning various continents and roles, Ranjita chairs Oxford Global Partnership and serves as a Business Fellow at Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.

    Facilitator: Tessa Ferry, Race to Zero Lead & Saurabh Jain, EPRG Manager


    Legal Charter 1.5: Legal Charter 1.5 serves as a groundbreaking framework established to galvanize law firms into meaningful action against the climate crisis.

    ClientEarth: ClientEarth’s mission is to safeguard the natural world using the power of the law. Founded in 2008, it operates across several global offices and actively partners with various sectors to enforce and create transformative environmental laws.

    Planet Mark: Planet Mark is recognised for its international sustainability certification program, rewarding businesses, properties, and projects dedicated to consistent carbon emission reductions.

    Climate Action for Associations: CAFA embodies a powerful coalition of associations united to address the global climate emergency with urgency and collaborative force.

    Pledge To Net Zero: Global initiative that rallies the environmental industry to confront climate change head-on by mandating science-based targets for greenhouse gas emission reduction within their operations.

    Exponential Roadmap Initiative: The Exponential Roadmap Initiative brings together innovators, disruptors and transformers taking action in line with 1.5°C. Our purpose is to accelerate exponential climate action and solutions through groundbreaking projects, with the mission to halve emissions before 2030.

    Purpose Disruptors: Purpose Disruptors is a collective within the advertising industry, challenging and redirecting its vast creative potential towards promoting sustainable behaviours and societal transformation.