On March 23rd, 2018, the Paulson Institute announced Race to Zero, a new global campaign encouraging leading companies to drive toward zero-carbon, zero-waste business practices. The Race to Zero campaign highlights new, measurable actions that companies can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and waste in their Chinese operations and supply chains. Also in March, SOM formally joined the campaign as a founding member, and as an acknowledged advocate for high-performance architecture and urban design in China.
Race to Zero is an initiative of the U.S.-China CEO Council for Sustainable Urbanization (CEO Council). Co-convened by the Paulson Institute and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, the CEO Council is led by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr., and former Vice Premier of China Zeng Peiyan. SOM, a member of the CEO Council, is the only architecture, urban design, and engineering firm participating in the Race to Zero campaign. In addition to SOM, the CEO Council includes such leading companies as Apple, Alibaba, GM, Vanke, HP, IBM, and Kraft Heinz.
The Paulson Institute is a non-partisan, nonprofit think tank grounded in the principle that today’s most pressing economic and environmental challenges can be solved if the United States and China work in complementary ways. The China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) is registered with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, and operates under the guidance and supervision of the National Development and Reform Commission. The CCIEE conducts research on major international and domestic economic issues; conducts international exchanges and cooperation; provides governments with intellectual support; and provides enterprises and other sectors with a platform for economic exchange.