GHG Report for University of California, Berkeley
Submitted on July 20, 2009; last updated on December 10, 2010
Summary StatisticsMaking fair comparisons between higher education institutions is always challenging due to the rich diversity of higher education. The unverified nature of the information in this database and unavailability of unbiased normalization metrics means such comparisons are even more difficult. Users should therefore approach direct institution to institution comparisons with caution and recognize that all comparisons between institutions are inherently biased.
|Total||Per Full-Time Enrollment||Per 1000 Square Feet||% Offset|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2)||163,157 metric tons of CO2e||4.7 metric tons of CO2e||10.2 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Gross emissions (Scopes 1 + 2 + 3)||207,513 metric tons of CO2e||6.0 metric tons of CO2e||13.0 metric tons of CO2e||0%|
|Net emissions||207,513 metric tons of CO2e||6.0 metric tons of CO2e||13.0 metric tons of CO2e||N/A|
Emissions Inventory Methodology and Boundaries
|Start date of the 12-month period covered in this report||January 1, 2008|
|Consolidation methodology used to determine organizational boundaries||Operational control approach|
If any institution-owned, leased, or operated buildings or other holdings that should fall within the organizational boundaries are omitted, briefly explain why.
|Emissions calculation tool used||Clean Air-Cool Planet|
Please describe why this tool was selected.
Used by many other educational institutions and suited UC Berkeley's needs for reporting.
Please describe the source(s) of the emissions coefficients used.
Clean Air Cool Planet - Campus Carbon Calculator V5.0 is used with the exception of business air travel and water. For purchased electricity a custom blended fuel mix - provided as an option in CA-CP - is used to reflect several electricity commodities purchased by the campus. 98.5% of electricity is purchased from the utility (using the emissions factor derived from the 2008 PG&E power mix) and 1.5% is purchased from a Direct Access provider (using the emissions factor derived from the CA power mix).
|Which version of IPCC's list of global warming potentials did you use?||Third Assessment Report|
|Who primarily conducted this emissions inventory?||Sustainability office staff|
Please describe the process of conducting the inventory.
UC Berkeley's GHG emissions inventory analyzes emissions in three different categories:
Please describe any emissions sources that were classified as de minimis and explain how a determination of the significance of these emissions was made.
Based on protocol and third-party verified, UC Berkeley reports eight de minimis sources totaling 424 metric tons CO2e.
Please describe any data limitations related to this submission and any major assumptions made in response to these limitations.
Square footage of buildings may not be fully inclusive of sites off the central campus
Emissions from the following sources (in metric tons of CO2e)
|Scope 1 Emissions|
|Stationary Combustion||10,076.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Mobile Combustion||1,524.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Process Emissions||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Fugitive Emissions||204.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 1 emissions||11,804.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 2 Emissions|
|Purchased Electricity||65,121.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Purchased Heating||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Purchased Cooling||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Purchased Steam||86,232.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 2 emissions||151,353.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Scope 3 Emissions|
|Commuting||20,482.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Air Travel||21,062.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Solid Waste||861.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Water||1,951.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Total Scope 3 emissions||44,356.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Combustion||No information provided|
|Biogenic Emissions from Mobile Combustion||No information provided|
|Carbon offsets purchased||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
|Offset verification program(s)||No information provided|
Description of offsets purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)
No information provided
|Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)|
|Total RECs purchased||0 kWh|
|Percent of total electricity consumption mitigated through the purchase of RECs||None %|
|Emissions reductions due to the purchase of RECs||No information provided|
|REC verification program(s)||No information provided|
Description of RECs purchased (including vendor, project source, etc.)
No information provided
|Sequestration and Carbon Storage|
|Sequestration due to land owned by the institution||0.0 metric tons of CO2e|
Description of how sequestration was calculated
No information provided
|Carbon storage due to composting||No information provided|
Normalization and Contextual Data
|Gross square feet of building space||15,986,234.0 sq ft|
|Net assignable square feet of laboratory space||No information provided|
|Net assignable square feet of health care space||No information provided|
|Net assignable square feet of residential space||No information provided|
|Total Student Enrollment (FTE)||34623.0|
|Residential Students||No information provided|
|Full-time Commuter Students||No information provided|
|Part-time Commuter Students||No information provided|
|Non-Credit Students||No information provided|
|Part-time Faculty||No information provided|
|Part-time Staff||No information provided|
|Other Contextual Data|
|Endowment Size||No information provided|
|Heating Degree Days||2857|
|Cooling Degree Days||No information provided|
Please describe any circumstances specific to your institution that provide context for understanding your greenhouse gas emissions this year.
See inventory narrative.
|Completed inventory narrative||
UC Berkeley 2007 & 2008 Inventory Narrative
|Completed inventory calculator||No information provided|
Auditing and VerificationThese emissions data have been audited, verified, or peer-reviewed.
Please briefly describe this verification, if any.
The 2008 inventory has been verified as part of the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR) membership. This report is publically available on the CCAR website.