Net Zero Leaders

The number of states and regions setting targets and plans to achieve net zero emissions over the coming decades continues to grow.

Through the Net Zero Futures initiative, the Under2 Coalition elevates the voices of early movers and showcases their net zero emissions leadership to inspire other jurisdictions to increase their ambition as fast as possible.

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Benefits of becoming a Net Zero Leader

Net Zero Leaders are recognised globally as the highest ambition states and regions that can share their experiences and expertise with peers through the activities of Net Zero Futures.

As a Net Zero Leader, your government will have the opportunity to:

  • Be profiled on the Net Zero Futures webpage and in external promotions.
  • Lead discussions and share experiences with peers through our virtual dialogue series where states and regions with trailblazing net zero targets are invited to present on their journey.
  • Provide support to fellow governments on common challenges in reaching net zero targets and developing net zero aligned policies in our Working Groups.
  • Collaborate with the Climate Group to amplify the success stories from Net Zero Leaders ahead of COP26.
  • Join the UN’s Race to Zero alongside fellow governments, businesses, investors and more.

Hear from our Net Zero Leaders

Net zero emissions commitments signal a long-term vision but must be backed by detailed plans for action not only to reach mid-century emissions reduction goals, but also to cut emissions within this decade.

Hear from our Net Zero Leaders on their visions for a net zero future.


Hear from our Asia-Pacific Net Zero Leaders

  • Chungnam Province, South Korea
  • Victoria, Australia


Hear from our European Net Zero Leaders

  • Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  • Basque Country, Spain
  • Catalonia, Spain
  • Emilia-Romagna, Italy 
  • Hessen, Germany 
  • Kymenlaakso, Finland
  • Navarra, Spain 
  • North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
  • Scotland, UK 
  • Wales, UK
  • Wallonia, Belgium

Latin America

Hear from our Latin American Net Zero Leaders

  • Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Pará, Brazil
  • Pernambuco, Brazil
  • São Paulo, Brazil

North America

Hear from our North American Net Zero Leaders

  • California, USA
  • Hawaii, USA
  • Nevada, USA
  • New York State, USA
  • Québec, Canada
  • Rhode Island, USA

“In Scotland we have already set ambitious targets, committing in law to achieve a 75% reduction in emissions by 2030, and net zero emissions by 2045.  However, that is just the first step, and we in Scotland – and other governments around the world – must continue to focus on achieving our targets.

As we deliver the actions needed to transition to a net zero future, it is crucial that we come together to exchange ideas and share our experiences – making sure that all governments are equipped with the tools they need to deliver decisive action.”

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, The Scottish Government

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Interested in becoming a Net Zero Leader?

State and regional governments qualify to be profiled as Net Zero Leaders when their pledges comply with the Race to Zero criteria 2021, as developed by the Race to Zero Expert Peer Review Group, and when they submit evidence of their targets and plans via the Under2 Ambition Tracker.

For more information on becoming a Net Zero Leader, please contact