Join the Race to Zero before 6th November 2023

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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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Powered by the UN Environment Programme, EAUC & Second Nature - Race to Zero is a global campaign to rally leadership and action in the education sector

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Together we can make an impact


“Every university and college should show leadership and sign up to the Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges” Alok Sharma, COP26 President


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We need you to commit now!

Why we need University and College support

Why feed into the Race to Zero

Why feed into the Race to Zero

Nigel Topping, High-Level Climate Champion of UK for COP27

How your sector influences COP

How your sector influences COP

Mahmoud Mohieldin, High-Level Climate Champion of Egypt for COP27

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. 

Persuade >

The 5th P was introduced through the 2022 Criteria Consultation in recognition of the importance of aligning each actor’s influencing capacities with their net zero commitments. The Race to Zero campaign will prioritise, with its Partners, the implementation of ‘Persuade’, building on findings of the Pivot Point report launched on 21 September 2022.

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

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