1. Prioritise

Resources for understanding and prioritizing net zero climate targets at a high-level 

PRioritising Net Zero: Why and How

In Spring 2020, Oxford Net Zero convened a series of online discussions between actors and networks setting “net zero” targets and scientific experts who agreed on a minimum criteria for taking part in the global Race to Zero campaign of the United Nations Framework Committee on Climate Change High Level Champions Team.

It was agreed that prioritising net zero plans as formal, top-level commitments and setting interim targets are key criteria for joining the Race to Zero. To help organisations make such a top-level commitment, this page includes resources for prioritise their net zero plans including:

  • Education tools to bring to other people in your organisation as to why net zero targets are an important business choice (if you are at the start of your net zero path);
  • Tools for boards’ management of net zero targets;
  • and investor reports on best standards in corporate carbon management;
  • and much more…

Many businesses don’t realise yet that the value of their business will soon be tied to their ability to set and prioritise a strong climate target. Just a few years ago Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) was an afterthought or a side note in business reviews, reporting and valuation. Now businesses without ESG are valued at least % less on average than those with strong ESG priorities and a net zero climate target is the next frontier. Almost 50% of the world is now under a jurisdiction which has either set or is in the process of setting a net zero target. This means that in addition to business value, aligning with net zero will soon be law in many countries, and businesses who prioritise net zero now will be seen as climate leaders with many of the opportunities that come with early adoption of climate targets while others will struggle to catch up to regulation.


Criteria for Joining the Race to Zero

✅ Make formal top-level commitments
✅ Integrate interim targets into management practices 

    Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance

    Convened by the UN, the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance seeks to transform member investment portfolios to net zero GHG emissions by 2050. 29 institutional investors make up the alliance, representing over $5 trillion in assets. The alliance also works with other ... Find out more

    The Climate Leadership Network

    The Climate Leadership Network is comprised of colleges and universities in nearly all fifty states and the District of Columbia of the United States who are taking action on climate change and preparing students through research and education to solve the challenges of the ... Find out more

    Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability

    The Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability (GUPES) aims to promote the integration of environment and sustainability concerns into teaching, research, community engagement, the management of universities including greening of university ... Find out more

    Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education Students & Leaders

    Association of Colleges, EAUC, GuildHE and Universities UK have partnered to establish a Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education Students and Leaders. This commission aims move the higher education system in the UK to do several key objectives: Further ... Find out more

    Net Zero for Corporates

    It’s widely used, but do you know what net zero means? Net Zero for Corporates gives you the answers to this and other net-zero questions Find out more

    RE100 – 100% renewable power

    The world’s most influential companies committed to 100% renewable power. RE100 is the global corporate renewable energy initiative bringing together hundreds of large and ambitious businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity. Led by The Climate Group in partnership ... Find out more

    Setting a Science-Based Target

    Science-based targets provide companies with a clearly defined pathway to future-proof growth by specifying how much and how quickly they need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The Paris agreement in 2015 saw 195 of the world’s governments commit to preventing ... Find out more

    Race to Zero Campaign

    Race To Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors for a healthy, resilient, zero-carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. Find out more

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    Resources for pledging a Net Zero target

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    Resources for making a Net Zero business plan

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    Resources for taking immediate action toward achieving Net Zero

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    Resources for reporting your progress

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    Resources for partnering with other organisations and sectors to ensure a global, coordinated Net Zero future 

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