Greenhouse gas emissions are generally categorized into three “scopes.” Scope 1 consists of emissions resulting from on-campus activities that we have direct control over and includes combustion at Abbott Power Plant, fleet emissions, and agricult
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Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reports (In Progress)
On January 13, 2012, sustainability staff submitted updated greenhouse gas emissions inventories for fiscal years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The numbers look a little different from previous inventories due to the use of the Clean Air-Cool
As part of the campus commitment to the ACUPCC, Illinois is required to publicly submit greenhouse gas emissions inventories every other year. ****Please note: The FY12-14 figures in the historical reports listed here reflect gross carbon emissions numbers, prior to the 2015 sale of Verified Carbon Units to the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. The sale of those Units effectively increase the campus’ net emissions by 64,289 metric tons in FY12, 54,386 metric tons in FY13, and 47,902 metric tons in FY14.****
The total campus emissions inventory for fiscal year 2008 (the base year) was 574,844 Metric Ton Equivalent (MTE) of carbon dioxide (CO2). Approximately 85 percent of these emissions are a direct result of the need to heat, cool, and operate campus buildings. Most of the energy produced for building operations comes from the combustion of coal and natural gas at Abbott Power Plant and the rest through purchases of electricity from outside sources. Other emission sources on campus are found in transportation systems and patterns (commuting, fleet, and air-travel), agricultural emissions from the south farms, water use, solid waste, and other fugitive sources. The Illinois Climate Action Plan details goals, objectives, and potential strategies toward directly reducing emissions and meeting the goal of carbon neutrality.