Introduction to the Race to Zero

With global water utilities responsible for almost 2% of greenhouse gas emissions, it has never been more important for our industry to transform its approach to water and wastewater services.

Water UK is proud to be official partner to the Race to Zero campaign. Led by the UN’s High-Level Climate Champions for Climate Action, the Race to Zero is a global campaign, rallying non-state actors – including companies, cities, regions, financial, educational, and healthcare institutions – to take rigorous and immediate action to halve global emissions by 2030 and deliver a healthier, fairer zero carbon world in time.

The Race to Zero is an umbrella campaign – driven by science – that aggregates net zero commitments from a range of leading networks and initiatives across the climate action community.

At Water UK, we’ve been working with our members to develop a detailed plan to get the UK industry to net zero and are committed to sharing our experience and helping to build best practice on one of the biggest challenges facing the sector.

As part of this, we are delighted to be working with a number of international partners including the International Water Association and the US Water Alliance – both of which share our vision of delivering a net zero water service for the world’s homes and businesses.

Upcoming Events

COP26 Green Zone Event: Unlocking the nature/net zero balance
COP26 Green Zone Event: Unlocking the nature/net zero balance
  • November 2, 2021
  • 13.30 - 14.30 PM

Exploring the twin challenge of tackling climate change while preserving and enhancing our natural environment. 

COP26 Green Zone Event: Unlocking the nature/net zero balance
COP26 Green Zone Event: Unlocking the nature/net zero balance
  • November 2, 2021
  • 13.30 - 14.30 PM

Exploring the twin challenge of tackling climate change while preserving and enhancing our natural environment. 

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Knowledge Hub

We're committed to sharing learnings and to helping water utilities around the world to make the journey to net zero. Find out more about how to join the campaign and the approaches that are being taken by our members and other organisations to drive down emissions.


Join the Campaign

We offer two routes to join the campaign, both of which require applicants to meet a minimum set of procedural criteria, which represent the “Starting Line” for the race to zero emissions.

Join the Campaign

Route 1

The first route is through Water UK and our partners, which offers access to sector-specific content and learning.

Join the Campaign

Route 2

The second route is to make a commitment to the SBTi’s Business Ambition for 1.5⁰C under which you would automatically become a member of the Race to Zero.

About Joining the Campaign

Next steps on the  Race to Zero

Next steps on the Race to Zero

Find out how to join the campaign

Campaign criteria

Campaign criteria

Read the Race to Zero’s guide to how applications are assessed

The Race to Zero lexicon

The Race to Zero lexicon

A guide to some key campaign terms and definitions

Application form

Application form

Download a copy of the application form


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