Join the Race to Zero before 1st November 2021

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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 ahead of COP26

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Together we can make an impact

Join us to be part of COP26

Institutions involved




Students represented


Days until COP26


We need you to commit now!

Why we need University and College support

How your sector influences COP26

How your sector influences COP26

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 by COP26 to make every university & college zero carbon by 2030.

Current Signatories

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