Track 0 Mission
Track 0 is an initiative to translate the globally agreed 2ºC/1.5ºC limit on global temperature rise into a mission statement that can support transformative solutions. Anyone, whether countries, companies, cities or individuals can commit to getting to zero emissions through setting concrete targets aligned with science. Scientists say we need to reach net zero emissions by around 2050 for a high chance of limiting temperature rise to well below 2ºC/1.5ºC. This means bringing the biggest sources of emissions from fossil fuel combustion and industry, down to zero as quickly as possible, starting today.
Phasing out emissions to zero is feasible and supported by the science, as recognised in the Paris Agreement which mandates countries decarbonise the global economy and get to zero in the second half of this century. Track 0 is an independent, not-for-profit organization serving as a hub to support all those pursuing decarbonisation pathways to net zero emissions by mid century, pointing the way to a clean, fair and bright future for future generations around the world. We convene leaders and provide strategic research, advice, communications and networking support to governments, businesses, investors, philanthropies, communities and campaigns run by civil society.
Track 0 Goals
GUIDED BY THE SCIENCE
Our goal is to limit global temperature rise to well below 2ºC/1.5ºC. This means reaching net zero GHG emissions by 2050 in accordance with science and as set out in the Paris Agreement.
PHASE OUT C02 EMISSIONS FIRST
We prioritise immediate phase out of CO2 emissions from energy and industry as fast as possible starting today. CO2 emissions from agriculture and land use are also important and must be reduced, however they cannot displace the need for the energy and industry sectors to go to zero first.
PHASE IN 100% CLEAN ENERGY
We work to support all those working for goal of 100% clean renewable energy as part of the energy transition to a clean future.
AMBITION FOR EVERY SECTOR
Gases such as methane, HFCs and emissions of particulates also contribute to climate change. We therefore want leaders from all sectors to commit to renewable energy and a phase out of either emission as a way to unify all efforts.
We want a socially just world with zero poverty and enhanced resilience to climate impacts. Reaching net zero emissions must go hand in hand with equity and fairness to present and future generations, including impacts that cause irreversible loss and damage.
Meet the Track 0 Team
Farhana Yamin, Founder and CEO
Farhana Yamin is an internationally recognised environmental lawyer, climate change and development policy expert, she has advised leaders and countries for over 20 years. In addition to founding Track 0, she is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House. She has taught climate change law for many years, including as a visiting Professor at University College London. Between 1996 and 2002, she was lead negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States, working on the Kyoto Protocol and its market based mechanisms and was also Lead Author for three assessment reports for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on adaptation and mitigation issues.
She was an Advisor to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) for the 2015 Paris Agreement and played a key role in building the High Ambition Coalition, led by RMI’s Minister Tony de Brum. She is widely credited with getting the goal of net-zero emissions by mid-century into the Paris Agreement. From 2016-2018, she was the Climate Change Advisor to President Hilda Heine of the Marshall Islands and was RMI’s Focal Point for the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and it’s sister Finance Ministers’ initiative called the V20. She was instrumental in getting the Chairmanship of the CVF for the Marshall Islands. The CVF is an alliance of 48 vulnerable countries and will convene a unique virtual summit in November 2018 to raise global ambition.
She continues to provide legal, strategy and policy advice to NGOs and foundations on international climate change negotiations and climate litigation relating to the Paris Agreement.
Will Ingram, Research Support Assistant
A chemist by training, Will is keen to promote links between science and society. He conducted his Masters in Mumbai studying water pollution and natural methods for cleaning wastewater to aid sustainable development. After gaining experience at UNESCO Paris, the non-profit Forum for the Future and UNEP in Nairobi, Will has joined the Track 0 team in London. His long-term interest is in facilitating carbon-free development and in protecting vulnerable nations from the impacts of a changing planet.
Anna Cooke-Yarborough, Research Support Assistant
Anna has experience of working in environmental education, for NGOs and with illustration and design. She completed an MSc in Sustainability and Adaptation in the Built Environment at the Graduate School of the Environment, based at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Anna is interested in transformation of the built environment and land use in connection with adaptation strategies and biodiversity enhancement.
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.
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. Ana worked with the Australian NGO Beyond Zero Emissions, co-ordinating the launch of a major report under the Zero Carbon Australia project, delivering public presentations of Beyond Zero Emissions zero modelling research, and was regularly involved in other media and communications and public engagement activities.
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. 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.
, 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.
, 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 Betsy 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.
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.