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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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

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