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Daegu Races Toward a Zero-Carbon Future!
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Daegu becomes the first Korean city to join the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change “Race To Zero” campaign


Prior to the 26th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP26) to be held in the UK in November 2021, Daegu became the first city in Korea to join “Race To Zero,” a global campaign to commit to achieving carbon neutrality.



UK Ambassador to Korea’s visit to Daegu



“Race To Zero” is a global campaign for local governments, businesses, and various other agents of countries around the world to announce and commit to achieve their 2050 carbon neutrality goals. As of May, a total of 510 cities have joined the campaign including London, UK; Washington DC, US; Bonne, Germany. Daegu became the first Korean city to join the campaign in April.


In April 4, Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin was invited to join the “Race To Zero” campaign during a meeting with Simon Smith, British Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, and he readily expressed his intention to join.


Cities that join “Race To Zero” must promise and implement various measures, including the spread of eco-friendly lifestyles, transition to eco-friendly fuels, construction of zero-carbon buildings, and production of clean energy.


In addition, the cities must disclose its zero-carbon achievements both domestically and internationally and share the best practices each year.


Daegu Mayor Kwon Young-jin was appointed as the municipal and provincial representative of the Carbon Neutral Local Government Action Solidarity, launched in July 2020, and he had announced that local governments would take the lead in achieving carbon neutrality.


Daegu Metropolitan City is planning to spearhead local government-led carbon neutrality by establishing 2050 carbon neutral strategies and by identifying projects for the “Carbon Neutral Local Government Action Solidarity.”.


Daegu Mayor Kwon remarked, “Daegu took the first step in the ‘Race To Zero’ campaign.’ The campaign will not be a mere 100-meter race but a long-distance race leading to a carbon-neutral future.” He added, “With the power of the people of Daegu we’ve seen in the face of the COVID 19 crisis, we will turn Daegu into a ‘Leading Carbon Neutral City’ by 2050 to address the climate change crisis.”