The Race to Zero global COP26 campaign seeks to mobilise leadership and support from businesses, cities, regions and universities for a healthy and resilient zero carbon recovery. This campaign seeks to build momentum for the shift to decarbonised economies in the run up to COP26. The University of Reading has joined over 500 other universities in becoming a signatory of this campaign, which provides a significant and unified signal to governments that this sector is committed to meeting their obligations under the Paris agreement.
This campaign mobilises a coalition of different sectors which, together with 120 countries, represent the largest ever alliance which is committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. These sectors and countries are responsible for 25% of global CO2 emissions and together account for half of the world’s GDP.
Sustainability is a cornerstone of the University of Reading’s Strategic Plan and we have recently committed to achieving Net Zero carbon by 2030. This Race to Zero pledge further demonstrates our aspiration to be a leader in global environmental sustainability.