Climate Change and Clean Energy
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to year 2000 levels by 2014 and 1990 levels by 2020.
- Achieve climate neutrality for scope 1 and scope 2 sources by 2025.
- Achieve climate neutrality from specific scope 3 sources (as defined by the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment) by 2050 or sooner.
Progress Towards Goals
UC emissions remained relatively constant in 2015 compared to 2014 with a slight decrease in scope 1 emissions and a moderate increase in scope 2. Systemwide, UC needs to reduce emissions from scopes 1, 2 and 3 by 23 percent in order to meet 1990 levels by 2020. UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara have already exceeded this goal and UC Riverside is within 5 percent of its target.
In order to meet climate neutrality by 2025, UC will need to reduce scope 1 and 2 emissions by 1,094,574 MTCO2e, which is the equivalent of taking roughly 850,000 passenger vehicles off the road for one year.
2011 report by a team of campus and systemwide leaders focused on proactive investments in carbon abatement.