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

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