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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We need you to commit now!

Why we need University and College support

How your sector influences COP

How your sector influences COP

Mahmoud Mohieldin, High-Level Climate Champion of Egypt for COP27

Why join the Race to Zero

Why join the Race to Zero

Razan Al Mubarak, High-Level Climate Champion of UAE for COP28

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

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