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

1108

COP27

07.11.22

Students represented

10,760,239

Days until COP27

170

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

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

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