5 Philippine universities join UN Race to Zero Carbon World campaign

Philippine universities Zero Carbon World campaign
Universities and colleges in the Philippines have joined the UNFCCC Race to Zero global campaign. School logos.

The Philippines’ De La Salle University – Dasmarinas, UST Angelicum College, Iloilo Science and Technology University, Tarlac Agricultural University, and Comteq Computer and Business College have been listed in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Race to Zero Carbon World campaign to rally leadership and action in the education sector towards a net-zero carbon footprint.

The five Filipino higher education institutions are among the over 1,000 organizations representing over 10 million students across the globe listed in the Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges.

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The campaign lists members of the education sector working on campaigns to build momentum and send governments a message that multiple sectors are united around the shift to a decarbonized economy that prevents future threats, creates decent jobs, and unlocks inclusive, sustainable growth, in time for November 7, 2022, the day before the next UNFCCC or COP27 begins.

The Philippine educational institutions represent over 21,000 students working together to encourage the transformation of campuses into climate and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) laboratories where students are the policymakers and action-leaders of tomorrow.

The Race to Zero campaign mobilizes a coalition of leading net zero initiatives, representing 1,049 cities, 67 regions, 5,235 businesses, 441 of the biggest investors, and 1,039 Higher Education Institutions. These ‘real economy’ actors join 120 countries in the largest ever alliance committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. Collectively these actors now cover nearly 25% global CO2 emissions and over 50% GDP.

Five Philippine higher educational institutions on the Race to Zero. Screenshot of Race to Zero.

Each of the five universities joined the Race to Zero for Universities and Colleges campaign by committing to the following:

  1. Pledge to help with global efforts to limit warming to 1.5C
  2. Explain what actions will be taken toward achieving both interim and longer-term pledges, especially in the short-to-medium term
  3. Take immediate action toward achieving (net) zero, consistent with delivering interim targets specified
  4. Commit to report publicly both progress against interim and long-term targets, as well as the actions being taken, at least annually

The Race to Zero global campaign is powered by the UN Environment Programme, EAUC & Second Nature and involves universities, colleges, and partners around the world who have signed up for the initiative.

DLSUD and Tarlac Agricultural University are among the 8 Philippine schools in the Greenmetric World University Ranking for sustainable practice in schools.

De La Salle University-Dasmariñas is a top 3 Green Gown Sustainability Institution of the Year awardee.

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