Climate Week New York opens on Monday, September 21st with a focus on net-zero announcements from CEOs of Charoen Pokphand Group (C.P. Group) and L’Oreal as well as the mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone. A growing number of companies and cities are joining the United Nations High-Level Climate Champions Race to Zero campaign, an alliance committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions in the 2040s. And, since the adoption of the Paris Agreement, 19 countries and the European Union have adopted net-zero targets, and more than 100 others are committed to developing plans through the Climate Ambition Alliance and other initiatives like the Carbon Neutrality Coalition.  
As momentum is growing for net-zero climate action in the lead up to COP26, we invite journalists to join us for an in-depth discussion on what constitutes an effective net-zero target for both governments and companies. Our experts from 2050 Pathways Platform and World Resources Institute will share the latest on the global state of play on net-zero announcements and dive into the details to help you evaluate the proliferating number of commitments.   
Participants will come away with a better understanding of what to look out for and what questions to ask when it comes to net-zero targets, including:
  • Do all countries need to meet the net-zero target at the same time to reach 1.5?
  • What sectors and gases should be covered in net-zero targets?
  • What role should international offsets play in net-zero? And how about carbon removal?
  • What short-term actions are needed to make net-zero targets viable?
  • How can we know targets are realistic and based in the best available evidence?
  • Richard Baron, Executive Director, 2050 Pathways Platform 
  • Kelly Levin, Senior Associate, WRI Global Climate Program
  • John Sottong, Senior Associate, Science-Based Targets Initiative
DATE: Thursday, September 17, 2020 
TIME: 9:30-10:30am ET
Recording of the webinar is available here. Contact Beth Elliott ( with any questions.