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

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