Tech Zero, the tech industry’s flagship climate action group, has become an official partner organisation to the UN Race to Zero.
The Tech Zero taskforce is led by Bulb and Tech Nation. Its founding members are British tech firms allplants, Babylon, Citymapper, Faculty, GoCardless, Habito, Hopin, Moneysupermarket Group, OLIO, Onfido, Revolut, Starling Bank, what3words and Wise. It’s calling on 1,000 businesses to sign up to the Tech Zero commitments before COP26 this November.
The Race to Zero is a global campaign led by the UN’s High-Level Climate Champions for Climate Action, which aims to rally leadership across businesses, cities, regions and investors for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery. All partners are committed to the same overarching goal: halving emissions by 2030 and achieving net zero emissions as soon as possible.
Gerard Grech, Tech Nation’s CEO, said: “As the Race to Zero, a global campaign led by the UN’s Climate Champions for Climate Action, partners with the Tech Zero Taskforce today, we are one step closer to achieving our mission of halving carbon emissions by 2030.
“As interest in the initiative continues to grow, at Tech Nation, we look forward to continuing to support tech businesses achieve their climate commitments.”
Since launching in June, almost 100 businesses have made the Tech Zero commitments and started taking action. After interest from countries around the world, Tech Zero is expanding globally and encouraging companies worldwide to build a climate action plan. Tech Zero has potential to be the world’s biggest group of tech companies committed to climate action.
Hayden Wood, co-founder and CEO of Bulb and leader of Tech Zero said: “We’re delighted to announce we’re expanding the Tech Zero taskforce globally. We’ll be using the resources and toolkit we’ve developed in the UK to help companies around the world create their climate action plans and join the Race to Zero before COP26.”
The Tech Zero taskforce is also creating a world-first opportunity for young people to learn skills to secure a green tech career with the Tech Zero internship. Interns will spend time at the UK’s most exciting tech companies, working on net zero and sustainability projects.
“It’s great to see the Tech Zero taskforce investing in future green tech talent and expanding globally to join the Race To Zero,” commented Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden.
“We’re taking an unashamedly pro-tech approach that backs our entrepreneurs and makes sure tech can bring its innovation and creativity to tackle one of the greatest challenges of our time.”