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Race to Zero Campaign

We call on all higher education institutions and networks around the world to join us in the Race to Zero.

The Race to Zero is a global campaign to mobilize leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions, investors and universities for a healthy, resilient and fair, zero carbon recovery that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth. 

UNEP, Second Nature and EAUC are working together to represent the higher education sector in this race and already have more than 600 signatories on board with the aim of reaching 1,000 by COP26 in November 2021. 

The objective of the Race to Zero campaign is to build momentum around the shift to a decarbonized economy ahead of COP26, where governments must strengthen their contributions to the Paris Agreement. This will send governments a resounding signal that the sectors are united in meeting the Paris goals and creating a more inclusive and resilient economy. 

The higher education sector’s commitment to net zero is represented through the Global Climate Letter. As a signatory of the Global Climate Letter, you will be showing your institution’s leadership on a global level at COP26 in November 2021 as part of the Race to Zero.

How to join the Race to Zero?

In order to join the Race to Zero, institutions should commit to:

  1. Pledge: having a 2050 or sooner net zero target;
  2. Plan: explain what steps will be taken toward achieving net zero;
  3. Proceed: taking action towards net zero; 
  4. Publish: commit to report progress annually.

Join the Race to Zero by completing the Global Climate Letter sign-up form!

If you require any support in developing your net-zero target, or if you are unable to meet any of the above requirements, please contact Fiona ( at EAUC – The Secretariat for the Global Climate Letter.