Health Care Without Harm is honored to be the Race to Zero health care partner. This United Nations backed global campaign rallies non-state actors – including companies, cities, regions, financial and educational institutions – to take rigorous and immediate action to halve global emissions by 2030 and deliver a healthier, fairer zero carbon world. All members are committed to the same overarching goal: reducing emissions across all scopes swiftly and fairly in line with the Paris Agreement, with transparent action plans and robust near-term targets.

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Led by the High-Level Climate Champions for Climate Action, Nigel Topping and Gonzalo Muñoz, Race To Zero mobilizes actors outside of national governments to join the Climate Ambition Alliance, which was launched at the UN Secretary General's Climate Action Summit 2019 by the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera.

To date, over 50 health care institutions representing the interests of more than 14,000 hospitals and health centers in 21 countries have joined Race to Zero with Health Care Without Harm and more will join by the end of 2021. As healers, they know that prevention and preparedness are essential to fighting the climate crisis and that the road to recovery begins with transformative climate solutions

Watch the May 26, 2021 launch of the Race to Zero campaign for health care.

Throughout 2021 and beyond, we're building a robust coalition of health care institutions committed to zero emissions and creating a more inclusive and resilient economy. The Race to Zero is open to all health care institutions including hospitals, health care systems, and health care facilities that are not national health ministries party to the UNFCCC.

As the Race to Zero health care partner Health Care Without Harm is inviting health care institutions to join the Race to Zero through our Health Care Climate Challenge initiative.

By joining Race to Zero, health care institutions receive a membership in the Health Care Climate Challenge and Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (if your institution is not already a member). These networks provide access to a suite of tools, resources and people to assist health care institutions in reducing their carbon footprint, implementing successful sustainability projects and programs, and achieving the ambition of Race to Zero. 

To join Race to Zero, institutions are invited to submit a letter stating a commitment to reaching net zero emission by 2050 and reporting annually on progress towards these goals. 

For more information on Race to Zero, member requirements and how to join, please see our FAQs