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Track 0 Mission

Track 0 is an initiative to translate the globally agreed 2ºC limit on temperature rise into a mission statement that can support practical solutions. Anyone, whether countries, companies, cities or individuals can commit to mission of getting to zero emissions through setting concrete targets and actions. Scientists say we need to reach net zero emissions by around 2050 for an 85% chance of limiting temperature rise to 2ºC. This means bringing the biggest source of emissions from fossil fuel combustion and industry, down to zero as quickly as possible, starting today.

Phasing out emissions to zero is possible, feasible and supported by the science. Track 0 is here to support all those who want to pursue decarbonisation pathways to  ‘net zero’ emissions, pointing the way to a clean, fair and bright future for current and future generations.

Track 0 is an independent not-for-profit organisation serving as a hub to support all those working to get GHG emissions on track to zero by mid-century. We convene leaders and provide strategic research and advice, communications and networking support to governments, businesses, investors, philanthropies, communities and campaigns run by civil society.

Why Zero Emissions?

Our models of industrialisation and economic development have been based on unsustainable use of natural resources. Colonization, deforestation and using the atmosphere, oceans and rivers as waste grounds to dump toxic substances and gases from fossil fuels have brought us close to ecological collapse. This extract, use, pollute and throwaway paradigm has not withstood the test of time nor advanced social justice. Our natural system cannot regenerate or adapt fast enough and the poorest people are being left behind. If we do not change course, scientists show future generations will find the Earth uninhabitable, as its life support systems fail one by one. But it’s not all doom and gloom. There is a new race emerging.

The 21st Century sees a race to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to zero; enabling us to transition away from fossil fuel sources to 100% clean energy that can contribute to improving the lives of the 2.7 billion people currently struggling to survive on less than two dollars per day. This transition is happening through smart design, energy efficient innovation and increased use of renewable energy which is falling rapidly in costs.. This new race to reach zero emissions in ways that support zero poverty opens the floodgates of innovation – from political solutions, to development opportunities for the poor, to marketplace opportunities. At the finish line of this exciting new race lies an optimistic, fair sustainable future for people and planet.  The more of us that join the race, the faster we will progress and the more benefits we generate for each other.

Track 0 Goals

GUIDED BY THE SCIENCE

Our goal is to limit global temperature rise to under 2ºC with 85% certainty. This means reaching net zero GHG emissions by 2050 in accordance with science.

PHASE OUT C02 EMISSIONS FIRST

We prioritise the phase out of CO2 emissions from energy and industry as fast as possible starting today.

PHASE IN 100% CLEAN ENERGY

We work to support all those working for goal of 100% clean renewable energy

AMBITION FOR EVERY SECTOR

We want leaders from all sectors to commit to renewable energy and a phase out of either emission as a way to unify all efforts.

SOCIAL JUSTICE

We want a socially just world with zero poverty and enhanced resilience. Reaching zero emissions must go hand in hand with equity and fairness to present and future generations.

ECONOMIC SUSTAINABILITY

Investing in low carbon opportunities is financially attractive, and places our economy on a sustainable track for the long run.

Meet the Track 0 Team

Farhana Yamin, Founder and CEO
An internationally recognized environmental lawyer, climate change and development policy expert, she has advised leaders and countries for 20 years. In addition to founding Track 0 she is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, a visiting Professor at University College London and a member of the Global Agenda Council on Climate Change at the World Economic Forum. She has published numerous books and articles on the nexus of climate change and development and served as an advisor to the European Commission on Emissions Trading Directive from 1998-2002, later serving as Special Advisor to Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action for 2012-2013. From 2010-2012 she oversaw the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation multimillion dollar investments and continues today to provide research and strategy development for a number of foundations. Between 1996 and 2002, she was Lead Author for three assessment reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on adaptation and mitigation issues. She continues to provide legal, strategy and policy advice to NGOs, foundations and developing nations on international climate change negotiations under the UNFCCC.

Isabel Bottoms, Research and Policy Engagement
Isabel co-ordinates research undertaken by Track 0 and supports engagement with policy makers and civil society. Originally from Wales and a law graduate, she spent 2013-2015 in Egypt working with a prominent Egyptian human rights organisation to establish their environmental justice programme, working on issues of water pollution and energy. She has undertaken research showing how social justice can go hand in hand with low carbon development and clean energy, convening stakeholders and civil society setting up a modelling project to create deep decarbonisation pathways for Egypt’s electricity future. She wrote for an Egyptian media outlet called Mada Masr on issues of environmental justice and organised capacity building and training for Egyptian environmental journalists. She has been part of the UN climate negotiations as a youth campaigner since 2008. She co founded UNfairplay, to support underrepresented government delegations in the climate negotiations and helped establish the Arab Youth Climate Movement in 2012. Her long-term interest is in building zero carbon development pathways that support social justice and create better interconnected ecosystems of environmental and human communities.

Ana Kantzelis, Programme development and capacity support
Ana joins Track 0 from Melbourne, Australia. She holds degrees in law and politics, majoring in environmental justice and the politics of national and international climate change policy. Before moving to London, Ana worked with the Australian NGO Beyond Zero Emissions. Throughout her 5-year involvement there she was responsible for the launch of a major report under the Zero Carbon Australia project, was part of the team that launched the Energy Freedom Alliance, delivered public presentations of Beyond Zero Emissions zero modelling research, and was regularly involved in other media and communications and public engagement activities. Most recently, she accompanied Beyond Zero Emissions CEO Stephen Bygrave on an international speaking tour to share the organisation’s research and 100% renewable energy message. Ana is a passionate advocate for international climate action and is dedicated to working for a fair, global transition to a clean energy future.

Aliya Yule, Programme Assistant
Whilst studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Wadham College, Oxford, University, Aliya also assists the Track 0 team with coordination, special projects and events, as well as authoring content for digital channels. A campaigner at heart, she successfully achieved the adoption of the global fossil fuel divestment campaign at Wadham College and she remains committed to Oxford University’s efforts on this successful global student-led effort. Aliya also serves as a Committee Member of the Women’s Campaign at Oxford University. She hopes to support the next generation of leadership needed to implement an ambitious climate change agreement in 2015.

Track 0 Advisory Board                                                                                                                                                                                          

Track 0 is fortunate to have attracted some of the best minds in climate finance, science and policy, as well as leaders driving the sector-based solutions changing the paradigm for acting on climate change. Our work is enormously enhanced by their involvement. We will continue to build this expert group as our work develops.

Sharon Johnson, Communications and Partnerships
A global marketer, noted for linking influential voices and stakeholders from all levels of decision- making to catalyse movements that spread. Shaped by early experience with ANC’s first election campaign and launching Africa’s first mobile phones, she has designed innovative cross-sectorial programmes and action platforms, for philanthropies and campaigns on all five continents. She consults to a range of FTSE 500 corporations on communicating and activating sustainability, sustainable innovations, as well as designing sustainability strategies for music artists, philanthropists and Foundations. She led the first global digital movement in 2008 for The Elders on human rights, the Global Call for Climate Action’s historic Rio+20 programme and has set up start-up sustainability consultancies for Havas and independent communications groups in the past 5 years. She has published numerous articles and reports, most recently co-authoring the global study ‘From Marketing to Mattering’ on generating sustainable business actions and value for 21st Century consumers, in partnership with the UN Global Compact and Accenture.

Erik Haites
, President of Margaree Consultants in Toronto
Erik is an expert on emissions trading systems and climate finance. He is a lead author of the IPCC Working Group III chapter on climate finance and contributed to four other IPCC reports. Since 1998, he has been a consultant to the UNFCCC secretariat. He contributed to designs of greenhouse gas emissions trading programs for several countries and has published papers on emissions trading, linking emissions trading schemes, the Kyoto mechanisms and technology transfer.

Edward Mazria
, Founder of Architecture 2030
Edward Mazria is an internationally recognized architect, planner, author, and educator. His current research reshaped the dialogue on climate change to incorporate the Building Sector, including issuing the 2030 Challenges, strategies to dramatically reduce sector CO2 emissions, and the 2050 Imperative, targeting zero CO2 emissions in the built environment by 2050 which was adopted by International Union of Architects representing over 1.4 million architects from 125 countries.

Betsy Taylor, President Breakthrough Strategies and Solutions                                                                                 Betsy Taylor is president of Breakthrough Strategies & Solutions, Inc. a consulting firm that supports bold philanthropy and special initiatives to address climate change. Betsy is a philanthropic advisor, social change leader, motivational speaker and has promoted sustainable development and climate solutions for over two decades.  Betsy advises several philanthropic clients, previously served as Executive Director of the Ottinger Foundation, Stern Family Fund, and Merck Family Fund and helped found the Environmental Grantmakers Association of North America. She developed and manages a leadership training program for young climate leaders from the public and private sector and coordinates a network of influential US citizens dedicated to action on climate change. Betsy was founder and president of 1Sky.org, a network of over 500 organizations and 200,000 citizen activists that merged with 350.org in 2011 to promote climate solutions in the United States.  She previously served as founder and President of the Center for a New American Dream and of the Responsible Procurement Network.

Dr. Niklas Höhne
, Director of Energy and Climate Policy at Ecofys and Associate Professor at Wageningen University
Niklas Höhne is an internationally recognised expert on the scientific basis for climate policy. He has been active in international climate policy since 1995 and has led numerous studies since 2001 at Ecofys, He is lead author for the IPCC Fourth and Fifth Assessment Report for on climate policies and international cooperation, UNEP Emissions Gap reports 2010 to 2014.

Bernice Lee, Director, Climate Change at World Economic Forum and Advisory Board, Chatham House Academy for International Leadership
Bernice is one of the foremost experts on Climate Change policy and international security, having worked in numerous roles at the UN, IIED, WBCSD, World Economic Forum and Chatham House. Bernice has a BA (Hons) from Oxford in Politics and Economics and an MSc in International Relations from LSE. She is a Member of the Climate Change Advisory Board at the Children Investment Fund Foundation and received an OBE in 2011 from the Queen’s New Year Honours List in recognition of her contribution.

Precious Lunga, Head of Health at Econet Wireless.
Precious heads a business at global telecoms leader, Econet Wireless, leveraging the mobile phone network to improve access to health services in Zimbabwe. Prior to that, she worked at UNAIDS Geneva where she was involved in spearheading the implementation of HIV prevention programs. She was also strategic advisor to the UK’s second largest charitable foundation, funding programs across Africa and India.  As a vocal advocate for the right to health and education, Precious succeeded in bringing together diverse stakeholders, including government agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities, and trial participants, who include approximately ten thousand African women in anti-HIV microbicide trials whilst she was at the UK Medical Research Council. Precious has been featured at the Women of the World festival and media programs including the BBC World Service Forum Programme and Sky News. She originally trained as a neuroscientist and is committed to improving health in low resource settings.

 

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