Pledge to Net Zero

By Charlotte Owen-Burge | June 30, 2021

We are in a Climate and Environmental Emergency, with time running out to address the many challenges that lie in front of us. 

Recognising the need for action, in June 2019 the UK Government committed to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to Net Zero by 2050. This is hugely important, but now we need to ensure that this ambition is realised – with organisations playing a huge role in the efforts to successfully meeting this target. Indeed, the UK’s commitment comes at a time where more than four-fifths of the world’s largest companies are unlikely to meet the targets set out in the Paris Climate Agreement to limit rising temperatures to 1.5 ⁰C of pre-industrialised levels by 2050. 

The ‘Pledge to Net Zero’ has therefore been established to commit organisations from the environmental sector to take a leadership role in the transition to a Net Zero carbon economy.

Pledge signatories commit to:

  1. Set and commit to deliver a greenhouse gas target in line with either a 1.5°C (encouraged) or well below 2°C climate change scenario – covering buildings and travel as a minimum. 

  2. Publicly report greenhouse gas emissions and progress against this target each year.

  3. Publish one piece of research/thought-leadership each year on practical steps to delivering an economy in line with climate science and in support of net zero carbon. Alternatively, signatories may choose to provide mentoring and support for smaller signatory companies in setting targets, reporting and meeting the requirements of the pledge.

Race to Zero

In February 2021, we announced the partnership between Pledge to Net Zero and the UNFCCC’s Race To Zero campaign: News story >>.

If you join the pledge and meet the eligibility criteria, we can help you to become part of the Race To Zero also. Organisations that join the Race to Zero need to have committed to a 1.5°C target and to share their carbon action plan to deliver this target (this will be kept confidential). More information is available on sign-up to the pledge.