Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.02
Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date July 21, 2021

STARS v2.2

Dalhousie University
OP-2: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.14 / 8.00 Justin MacDonald
Energy Manager
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 26,907 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 39,465 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 911.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 647 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported electricity 49,066 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 66,066 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 76,884.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 106,178 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine net carbon sinks:
Performance year Baseline year
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Institution-catalyzed carbon offsets generated 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from on-site composting 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from non-additional sequestration 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent ---
Carbon sold or transferred 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Net carbon sinks 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the carbon sinks, including vendor, project source, verification program and contract timeframes (as applicable):

We are currently investing our focus on energy related GHG reductions on campus, in the next number of years we will be investigating carbon offsets and renewable energy off campus


Adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net GHG emissions 76,884.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 106,178 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Performance year Baseline year
Start date April 1, 2019 April 1, 2009
End date March 31, 2020 March 31, 2010

A brief description of when and why the GHG emissions baseline was adopted:

The baseline year (2009-2010) is used in our University Sustainability Plan to compare progressive targets to for water, energy, GHGs. This year is when accurate data could be reliably accessed.


Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance year Baseline year
Number of students resident on-site 2,515 2,259
Number of employees resident on-site 6 9
Number of other individuals resident on-site 0 5
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 18,248 15,685
Full-time equivalent of employees 6,021 5,592
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 393 160
Weighted Campus Users 18,537.25 16,409.75

Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user:
Performance year Baseline year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user 4.15 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 6.47 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
35.90

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
541,246 Gross Square Metres

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor area
Laboratory space 176,817 Square Metres
Healthcare space 929 Square Metres
Other energy intensive space 208,399 Square Metres

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
1,105,137 Gross Square Metres

Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions per unit of EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
0 MtCO2e / GSM

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives:

In the 2019-20 fiscal year, a variety of projects were undertaken to reduce greenhouse gases and mitigate the impacts of climate change including:
• implementation of major energy and water efficiency projects for the LSC, LSRI, Killam Data Centre, and Dentistry buildings.
• working with FM planners and project managers/operators to build energy and water efficiency into operational and facilities renewal. Examples of implemented projects include air handling unit replacements with CO2/ and DCV controls, heat pump replacements with high efficiency units, high-efficiency capital construction projects (Arts Centre), and equipment set back schedules.
• re-commissioning phase 2 of a major building.
• LED campus-wide lighting upgrades at the Agricultural and Halifax campuses.
• implementation of bicycle parking.
• participation of 300 employees in the Employee Bus Program. Dal also has a student bus pass.

We also issued a new Climate Change Plan with policies in 2019. The university has also subscribed to the UN sustainable development goals.


Website URL where information about the institution's GHG emissions is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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This information includes all campuses including Halifax and Agricultural campuses. The baseline year emissions were modified to include the AC campus for fair comparison as the merger to add another campus to Dalhousie happened in 2012.

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