We are delighted to announce that members of the European Outdoor Group (EOG) have voted decisively to make committing to a Race To Zero initiative by the end of 2024 a mandatory requirement of association membership. There was a very high level of engagement in the process and debate, which demonstrated how seriously our members take the topic.
88% of those who voted were in favour of the proposals, which our board and executive team had recommended. Of 106 eligible members, 82 cast a vote, with 72 in favour of the proposal and 10 against, leaving 24 who either abstained or did not vote.
As you know, Race to Zero (RTZ) is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) global programme to rally leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, and investors, for a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. It mobilises a coalition of initiatives, and all partners must meet robust science-aligned criteria in delivering credible measures that work towards genuine net zero emissions.
We will communicate this news publicly this week, on our website, social media and with a news release to the media. Our announcement will include the following statements.
Matt Gowar, EOG president, comments:
“I am delighted that we have achieved a decisive and positive result in the Race To Zero vote, and thank our members for such a high level of engagement in the process, which included some really in depth and well considered discussions. While the reality is that many of the measures that are part of Race To Zero initiatives are inevitable anyway, our industry is sending a clear signal that it is fully committed to serious, sustained and accelerating action to reduce emissions. I am certain that EOG members will continue to tackle this existential challenge with great energy, and in doing so will encourage and enable our colleagues in the outdoor industry, and other sectors, to follow our lead. It simply has to happen.”
Arne Strate, EOG general secretary, adds:
“It is important to understand that signing up to a Race To Zero initiative is not something that should scare businesses. Many EOG members are already heading along that pathway and our team will help guide everyone in the right direction, providing assistance to those among our membership who need it to meet the new requirement by the end of 2024. Achieving net zero is a necessary outcome for all of business and Race To Zero is an articulation of that, and its urgency. This strong support from our membership gives our team a mandate to escalate our work in this area, increasing its scale and reach for the good of all organisations operating in the outdoor sector.”
As we outlined throughout the Race To Zero process, our team will now work closely with all members and associated members as we implement the result of the vote. Many of you are already engaged in Race To Zero initiatives, or undertaking work that is very closely aligned to them. Where required, we will support you to formally engage with Race To Zero, and more information about that will be circulated early next year.
Our sincere thanks go out to all of our members who engaged in the Race To Zero process, which was thorough and thought provoking, with some excellent conversations at every stage. Clearly, the board and executive team are very pleased with the outcome of the vote, which is a very significant step for our sector, and which we hope will inspire other industries to join with us in making this commitment.
European Outddoor Group press release