Race to Zero addresses local authorities, businesses, universities and investors with the aim of accelerating science-based climate action to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040, or 2050 at the latest.
Like any race, Race to Zero has many tracks for different stakeholders. Cities Race to Zero is the official track for cities. It is especially designed to help them meet the Race’s criteria and access the best available expertise along the way.
The Cities Race to Zero is organised by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM), C40 Cities, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), CDP, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the World Resources Institute (WRI). It is an official partner and the city track of the COP26 Race to Zero, designed to help cities meet the Race’s commitment criteria using the best available tools and expertise.
Cities Race to Zero is a campaign for cities by cities to inspire commitments and action from their peers around the world and channel the best available tools and expertise to help them stay on track with 1.5°C.
The sibling campaign to the City Race to Zero, Race to Resilience focuses on grouping partnership initiatives in the forefront of climate resilience actions such as extreme heat, drought, flooding, and sea level rise, in urban, rural and coastal areas. The final objective of the campaign is to increase the sensitivity of local actors to the importance of preparing local communities to relentless climate change upheaval.
For more information on the links between the 2050 European Covenant of Mayors vision and the Race to Zero, please see:
>> "Racing toward a climate neutral Europe", Interview with Giorgia Rambelli, ICLEI Europe Coordinator, Climate Policy and Energy Governance
>> Race to Zero, Race to Resilience, and new Covenant Europe commitments: FAQ document to guide cities
...and you can read the 2050 vision of the Covenant of Mayors - Europe here!