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Race To Zero Kick-Off Event

Supporting a Zero-Carbon Recovery.

Her Majesty's Ambassador to Austria, Leigh Turner and the UK’s Department for International Trade, supported by WWF Austria, warmly invite you to join us at a virtual event on Tuesday 24 November 2020 at 15:00 p.m. CET.

With exactly one year until the UK hosts COP26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, now is the time to act. The Race To Zero provides an opportunity for your business to support a zero carbon recovery that will help to prevent future threats, creates jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. 

This introductory event will provide an opportunity to learn at first hand from leading sustainability experts and from best-practice case studies about how your company can join the UN’s Race To Zero initiative. This campaign brings together net zero commitments from a range of leading networks – including the ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C’, led by the Science Based Targets Initiative.   

Please find the full event details below. We look forward to welcoming you to an afternoon of lively discussion. 



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Tuesday 24 November 2020
15:00 - 16:00 p.m. CET



  • Welcome: Leigh Turner, Her Majesty's Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Vienna. 

  • Race To Zero Introduction: Alexander Farsan, Global Lead – Science Based Targets, WWF

  • Case Study 1: Dr. Krishna Manda, Senior Manager Sustainability Integration, Lenzing AG

  • Case Study 2: Dr. Thomas Greigeritsch, Vice President Group Sustainability, Constantia Flexibles International

  • Breakout Sessions


About the Science Based Targets Initiative 

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 prevent dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees celsius. This signalled an acceleration in the transition to a low carbon economy. Many companies are already demonstrating they have the skills, expertise and ingenuity to make this a reality – but need ambitious emissions reduction targets that ensure the transformational action they take is aligned with current climate science. 

Targets adopted by companies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are considered “science-based” if they are in line with what the latest climate science says is necessary to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement – to limit global warming to well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C. 

Visit the Science Based Targets website to find out more about corporate science-based emissions targets and how your company can join the global effort to prevent the worst consequences of climate change. 


Point of Contact

Department for International Trade (DIT) Austria