Carbon neutral universities: It’s a race to zero!

Zero emissions will attract research dollars, faculty and students to the world’s top universities

Here’s a quick look at what the top global universities are pursuing as their carbon neutral goals.  It’s a race to zero!

UC Berkeley – 2025

https://sustainability.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/uc_berkeley_2025carbonneutralityplanningframework_2016.pdf

Laval University – 2015 reached carbon neutral

https://www.ulaval.ca/en/sustainable-development/categories-of-actions/fighting-climate-change.html

Leeds University – 2030

https://climate.leeds.ac.uk/net-zero/

Victoria University of Wellington NZ – 2030

https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/sustainability/our-campus/carbon-footprint

American University (Washington DC) – 2018

https://www.american.edu/about/sustainability/carbon-neutrality.cfm

University of Bristol – 2013

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-library/sites/green/images/zero-carbon/8%20point%20carbon%20plan.pdf

All UK Universities – Not determined to 2050

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/media-library/sites/green/images/zero-carbon/8%20point%20carbon%20plan.pdf

University of Toronto – 37% (low carbon) reduction by 2030

https://www.utoronto.ca/news/u-t-accelerates-emissions-reduction-efforts-new-low-carbon-action-plan

Ontario Universities – “we will get there whenever”

https://cou.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/COU-Going-Greener-2017.pdf

University of London – 2036

https://www.sustainabilityexchange.ac.uk/files/the_zero_carbon_estates_handbook_v1_-_university_of_london.pdf

LaTrobe University – 2029

https://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/articles/2019/release/victorian-first-for-net-zero-target

University of Edinburgh – 2040

https://www.ed.ac.uk/sustainability/what-we-do/climate-change/initiatives/zero-by-2040

University of Maryland – 2050

https://sustainability.umd.edu/progress/climate-action-planhttps://sustainability.umd.edu/progress/climate-action-plan

Princeton University – 2046

https://www.princeton.edu/news/2019/04/22/princeton-university-sustainability-plan-aims-net-zero-emissions-2046

University of Waterloo – 2050

https://uwaterloo.ca/sustainability/projects-and-initiatives/energy-and-climate-change/climate-and-energy-action-plan

University of Calgary – 2050

https://www.ucalgary.ca/sustainability/strategy/climate-action-plan

University of Cambridge – 2050

https://www.cam.ac.uk/stories/cambridgezero

Newcastle University – 2040

https://www.ncl.ac.uk/sustainable-campus/themes/carbon/

Colgate University – 2019

https://www.colgate.edu/about/sustainability/carbon-neutrality

UMass Dartmouth – 2030 or 2050

https://www.umassd.edu/news/2019/university-signs-commitment-to-reduce-carbon-emissions.html

University of California –  2025

https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/initiative/carbon-neutrality-initiative

Columbia University – 2018

https://sustainable.columbia.edu/news/columbia-university-achieves-100-zero-emissions-renewable-electricity-2018

Brown University – 2040

https://www.brown.edu/news/2019-02-11/emissions

Queens University – 2040

https://www.queensu.ca/sustainability/sustainability-office/who-we-are

World rankings – UBC on top (by 2050)

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/best-universities/top-universities-climate-action#survey-answer

The top universities for climate action 2019: top 100

Climate Action Rank 2019 University Country/region
1 University of British Columbia Canada
2 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
3 University at Buffalo United States
4 Laval University Canada
5 University of Waterloo Canada
6 Kyoto University Japan
7 Newcastle University United Kingdom
8 University of Southampton United Kingdom
9 KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
10 Trinity College Dublin Republic of Ireland
11 University of Helsinki Finland
12 University of Strathclyde United Kingdom
13 King’s College London United Kingdom
14 York University Canada
15 Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong
16 Aix-Marseille University France
17 Macquarie University Australia
18 University of Tasmania Australia
19 University of Queensland Australia
20 The University of Tokyo Japan
21 University of Calgary Canada
22 National Taiwan University Taiwan
23 University of Maryland, Baltimore County United States
24 Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University Russian Federation
=25 Bournemouth University United Kingdom
=25 University of Florence Italy
27 Aalto University Finland
28 Dublin City University Republic of Ireland
29 National Central University Taiwan
30 University of Gothenburg Sweden
31 University of L’Aquila Italy
32 Abdullah Gül University Turkey
33 University of Costa Rica Costa Rica
34 École Polytechnique France
=35 Tokyo University of Science Japan
=35 University of Worcester United Kingdom
37 Kazan Federal University Russian Federation
38 Technical University of Loja Ecuador
39 St Petersburg Electrotechnical University (LETI) Russian Federation
40 University of Manchester United Kingdom
41 Autonomous University of Hidalgo State (UAEH) Mexico
=42 Arizona State University United States
=42 Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral Ecuador
=44 American University United States
=44 Monash University Australia
46 National Chung Hsing University Taiwan
47 Altai State University Russian Federation
=48 Aalborg University Denmark
=48 Technical University of Madrid Spain
50 Oregon State University United States
51 McGill University Canada
52 Utsunomiya University Japan
53 New York University United States
54 University of Vigo Spain
55 Universiti Sains Malaysia Malaysia
56 University of Dundee United Kingdom
=57 University of A Coruña Spain
=57 National Autonomous University of Mexico Mexico
59 University of Leicester United Kingdom
60 Emory University United States
61 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Netherlands
62 Ton Duc Thang University Viet Nam
63 University of Valladolid Spain
=64 University of Bergen Norway
=64 Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS) Czech Republic
66 University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore Pakistan
67 Sabancı University Turkey
68 Alzahra University Iran
69 City, University of London United Kingdom
70 University of Malaya Malaysia
71 University of Valparaíso Chile
72 Alexandria University Egypt
=73 Chiba University Japan
=73 Mie University Japan
75 Polytechnic University of Valencia Spain
76 Monterrey Institute of Technology Mexico
76 Tokyo City University Japan
=77 University of Agriculture, Faisalabad Pakistan
=77 University of La Serena Chile
79 Hokkaido University Japan
80 Bogor Agricultural University Indonesia
81 James Cook University Australia
82 Federal University of Ceará (UFC) Brazil
83 TOBB University of Economics and Technology Turkey
=84 University of Brescia Italy
=84 Universitat de Girona Spain
86 Metropolitan Autonomous University Mexico
87 Brunel University London United Kingdom
=88 Clark University United States
=88 King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang Thailand
=88 Yamaguchi University Japan
91 Colorado State University United States
92 University of Malakand Pakistan
=93 Nagaoka University of Technology Japan
=93 Stony Brook University United States
=95 George Washington University United States
=95 Keele University United Kingdom
97 University of Latvia Latvia
98 University College Cork Republic of Ireland
99 National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Taiwan
=100 Kyung Hee University South Korea
=100 University of the North, Colombia Colombia