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Net-Zero Targets Aren’t Attainable Without Ending Deforestation

Race to Zero group says companies must act urgently to stamp out tropical deforestation in their supply chains.

A deforested area close to Sinop, Mato Grosso State, Brazil in August 2020.

A deforested area close to Sinop, Mato Grosso State, Brazil in August 2020.

Photographer: Florian Plaucheur/AFP/Getty Images

The global economy won’t reach net-zero carbon emissions without putting an end to deforestation.

That’s the conclusion of the United Nations-backed Race to Zero campaign, which pushes companies and investors to reduce emissions. The report, which was published Wednesday in partnership with nonprofit Global Canopy, Science Based Targets initiative and the Accountability Framework Initiative, said companies committing to eliminate emissions by 2050 must act with urgency to stamp out tropical deforestation in their supply chains.