Join the Race to Zero before 7th November 2022

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Universities & Colleges of the world:

sign up to the Race to Zero,

a global initiative for a 

Zero Carbon World

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is a global campaign to rally leadership
and action in the education sector

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Together we can make an impact

Join us today

Institutions involved




Students represented


Days until COP27


We need you to commit now!

Why we need University and College support

How your sector influences COP

How your sector influences COP

Gonzalo Munoz, Chilean High Level Climate Champion for COP26

Why feed into the Race to Zero

Why feed into the Race to Zero

Nigel Topping, UK High Level Climate Champion for COP26

How it works

Pledge >

Pledge at head-of-organisation level to reach (net) zero GHGs as soon as possible, and by mid-century at the latest, in line with global efforts to limit warming to 1.5C. Set an interim target to achieve in the next decade, which reflects maximum effort towards or beyond a fair share of the 50% global reduction in CO2 by 2030 identified in the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5C. You have one year after you sign to set your targets. 

Plan >

Within 12 months of joining explain what actions will be taken toward achieving both interim and longer-term pledges, especially in the short-to-medium term. You have one year after you sign to set your action plan. 

Refer to the full details on the refined criteria, and accompanying interpretation guide and language guide. It is expected that universities and colleges include scope 3 emissions as the same as businesses do. 

Proceed >

Take immediate action toward achieving (net) zero, consistent with delivering interim targets specified. You have one year after you sign to set your targets. 

The Race to Zero criteria is set by an Expert Peer Review Group, which comprises scientific and technical experts from around the world.

Publish >

Commit to report publicly both progress against interim and long-term targets, as well as the actions being taken, at least annually. You have one year after you sign to develop your annual report. 

Making an Impact


Decide it's time universities and colleges take action now.

Sign up and say that your institution wants to be zero carbon. Once signed you have up to one year to set your target and agree your action plan.

Tell us what actions your institution is already taking and what you plan to do next.


Show commitment - we will send you your Race to Zero certificate so you can show that your university or college is leading the way in the climate crisis.

Keep you updated with ideas and projects to reduce your carbon even further. 


We all unite to represent the voice of universities and colleges to global governments.

We show global governments that there is a vital need for their support each year at COP to make every university & college zero carbon by 2030.

Current Signatories

Goldsmiths, University of London
Universidad de Santiago de Chile
Selkirk College
Girne American University
Université Toulouse 3 - Paul Sabatier
Swinburne University of Technology
University of Turku
University of Helsinki
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Universidad de La Laguna
Emlyon Business School
University of Kabul
Royal Veterinary College
Instituto Superior Técnico
Universidad Biblica de las Americas
Universidad Nacional de Caaguazú
The Univevrsity of Surrey
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
Cegep de Sherbrooke
University of Worcester
Universidad de Cádiz
O.P. Jindal Global University
Universidad Católica de Ávila
The University of Nottingham
University of the Basque Country
Bayero University Kano
Universidad Nacional de Ciencias Forestales
New City College
Politecnico di Torino
Universidad Nacional del Nordeste (UNNE)
King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi
West Lothian College
University of Montreal
University of Mondragon
Universidad José Antonio Páez
Universitat Pompeu Fabra - Barcelona
Edinburgh Napier University
University of Exeter
University of the West of England  Bristol
Concordia University
Universidad Veracruzana
Cardiff University
University of Guadalajara
Mahidol University
Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Coimbra/IPC
Universidad de La Frontera
Universidad Metropolitana de Honduras
Universidad de Navarra
Royal Agricultural Univeristy
Universidad de Magallanes
Université du Québec à Montréal
Université de Sousse
Stockholm University
Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña
Universidad de Murcia
Almo Collegio Borromeo
Aalto University Student Union
Shetland UHI
Higher Colleges of Technology
University of Portsmouth
Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille
Nelson & Colne College
Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
Grenoble INP
Karolinska Institutet
University of Genoa
Université de Sherbrooke
Università degli Studi di Padova
Universidad Católica de Murcia (UCAM)
University of Cambridge
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Polytechnique Montreal
Universidad de Valladolid
University Jaume I of Castello
Universidad de Córdoba
Aalto University
University of Bath
Universidad de Morón
Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP)
South Lanarkshire College
Universidad Técnica Nacional
Universidad San Jorge
State University of Campinas - Universidade Estadual de Campinas - Unicamp Brazil
Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria