UK climate champion: Oil majors can join the ‘race to zero’ – if they align with 1.5C
(Climate Home News, 9 Nov 2020) Oil companies are welcome to join the “race to zero” emissions – if they make climate plans in line with limiting global heating to 1.5C, the UK’s climate champion tells Climate Home News.
The Race to Zero “should be open for everybody,” Nigel Topping says in an online interview. “There should be no ideological exclusion.”
The goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 has become the benchmark for climate ambition. While a small but growing number of governments have formally adopted the target, a much bigger group of companies, investors and local governments are setting climate neutrality goals.
Launched in June, the Race to Zero campaign sought to galvanise climate action around the 2050 goal at a time when the world locked down to halt infections from Covid-19 and the global economy slumped.
Topping, officially the high-level climate action champion for next year’s Cop26 UN climate talks in Glasgow, UK, co-leads the campaign with Chile’s Gonzalo Muñoz.