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Accountancy bodies join forces in race to net zero

Author: ICAEW

Published: 15 Jul 2021

Thursday 15 July 2021: ICAEW, ICAS and Chartered Accountants Ireland have joined forces to find Chartered Accountants who are leading the way in the race to net zero.

A new campaign to find 1,000 Chartered Accountants who are helping to fight the climate crisis will see the three professional accountancy bodies in the United Kingdom and Ireland promote and support people who have committed to championing the UN’s Race to Zero goals.

Chartered Accountants who are members of ICAEW, ICAS or CAI can take part if they have already helped their organisation or a client sign up to the UN Race to Zero, or if they are willing to join Race to Zero before COP26 in November. To participate they should sign up via the website of their professional body and commit to helping their organisation or their clients begin working toward achieving net zero carbon emissions.

Michael Izza, ICAEW Chief Executive, said: “We are pleased to be working with ICAS and CAI to ensure chartered accountants across the UK and Ireland help the organisations they work with reach net zero.

“As trusted advisers who help businesses make the right decisions, it’s crucial our profession plays its part in the race to a zero-carbon economy. I urge all Chartered Accountants to join us in the fight against climate change.”

The Race to Zero campaign is owned by the United Nations. It pulls initiatives from across the climate action community together under a single umbrella and aims to rally businesses, cities, regions, and investors to achieve a healthy, resilient, zero-carbon economy.

Accountants are well-placed within their organisations and with their clients to drive action on the climate crisis by signing up to the Race to Zero. Organisations joining the campaign have pledged to reach net zero greenhouse gases as soon as possible, and by 2050 at the latest.

Race to Zero was launched by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ‘Climate Champions’ in June 2020 to give an extra boost to the Climate Action Alliance.

For more information on how to make a difference and take part visit www.icaew.com/1000.