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

How your sector influences COP

How your sector influences COP

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

Why join the Race to Zero

Why join the Race to Zero

Razan Al Mubarak, High-Level Climate Champion of UAE for COP28

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

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