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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is a global campaign to rally leadership
and action in the education sector

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Together we can make an impact

Join us today

Institutions involved

1085

COP27

07.11.22

Students represented

10,563,558

Days until COP27

344

We need you to commit now!

Why we need University and College support

How your sector influences COP

How your sector influences COP

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

You

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.

We

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. 

Together

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