Two years early, UC Berkeley meets its carbon reduction target
Two years ahead of schedule, a pledge made by the University of California, Berkeley, to reduce its carbon footprint to 1990 levels has been met.
The achievement also puts UC Berkeley eight years ahead of meeting the University of California Sustainable Practices Policy guidelines and of observing the state’s Global Solutions Warming Act of 2006. Both call for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
Our emissions were reduced by:
- Investing in energy efficiency and sustainable transportation practices. Since 2006, the campus has saved 20 million kWh of electricity and reduced fuel use by more than 1 million gallons.
- Buying greener power. The campus is using electricity that includes more solar and wind energy, and less coal through purchases from the utility that is required by state law to provide power that includes 33 percent renewable energy by 2020.
- Improving data and methods. UC Berkeley has improved the accuracy of its emissions inventory profile by using the best data available about campus energy use and by staying current with the best reporting methods.
The campus will set its next reduction target this spring.
The Cal Climate Action Partnership (CalCAP) is a collaboration of faculty, administration, staff, and students working to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at UC Berkeley. CalCAP's work includes:
- Conducting and third-party verifying an annual ten-source greenhouse gas emissions inventory to track our progress.
- Engaging the community and guiding action through climate planning and reporting.
- Developing and implementing infrastructure and behavioral strategies to reduce the climate impacts of buildings and transportation.
- Setting and meeting a series of emission reduction targets until climate neutrality is achieved.