Join the Race to Zero before 11th November 2024

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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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Why we need University and College support

Why join the Race to Zero

Why join the Race to Zero

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

How the education sector influences COP

How the education sector influences COP

Nigar Arpadarai, High-Level Climate Chamption of Azerbaijan for COP29

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