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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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

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Institutions involved




Students represented


Days until COP27


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. 

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

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