Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.04
Liaison Thomas Adams
Submission Date July 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

National University of Ireland, Galway
OP-1: Emissions Inventory and Disclosure

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.88 / 3.00 Michael Curran
Head of Building Services, Energy and Utilities
Buildings Office
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Has the institution conducted a GHG emissions inventory within the previous three years that includes all Scope 1 and 2 emissions? :
Yes

A copy of the most recent GHG emissions inventory:
A brief description of the methodology and/or tool used to complete the GHG emissions inventory:

For Scope 1 & 2 emissions, NUI Galway's Buildings Office carries out this Energy Review in compliance with the requirements of the ISO5001: 2018 Energy Management System (EnMS) standard, clause is 6.3. The main purpose of this energy review is to analyse NUI Galway’s energy usage and consumption based on measurement. This involves the identification of current types of energy use, the evaluation of past and present energy usage and the analysis and identification of the Significant Energy Users (SEUs).

Opportunities for improving the energy performance of the NUI Galway’s Significant Energy Users (SEUs) are outlined and prioritised. Furthermore, the estimated future energy usage and consumption is outlined. Buildings that are included within the scope of the NUI Galway ISO50001 EnMS are documented and included in a thorough review and updated on the NUI Galway Energy Manual and Dashboard. There are 58 buildings included that have a total internal floor area of 155,090 m2.

The management team measure electrical and thermal energy performance using
key performance indicators; kWh (e)1 and kWh (th)2 per metre squared of treated
floor area per annum. These are termed Energy Performance Indicators, or EnPIs,
and are being used to set targets for enhanced energy performance improvement
plans. NUI Galway operate a formal Energy Management System (EnMS) which is compliant with the requirements of ISO50001: 2018; Energy Management Systems Standard. The Energy Review is carried out once a year and also in response to major changes in facilities, equipment, systems or energy using processes.


Has the GHG emissions inventory been validated internally by personnel who are independent of the GHG accounting and reporting process and/or verified by an independent, external third party?:
No

A brief description of the GHG inventory verification process:
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Documentation to support the GHG inventory verification process:
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Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
Weight in MTCO2e
Stationary combustion 3,523 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other sources (mobile combustion, process emissions, fugitive emissions) 15 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
3,538 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year (market-based):
Weight in MTCO2e
Imported electricity 5,594 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Imported thermal energy 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year:
5,594 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Gross GHG emissions from biogenic sources, performance year:
128 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Does the GHG emissions inventory include Scope 3 emissions from the following sources?:
Yes or No Weight in MTCO2e
Business travel Yes 4,378 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting Yes 9,198 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services Yes 30,363 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods Yes 0.01 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Yes 0.01 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations Yes 50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other sources Yes 31 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
44,020.02 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of how the institution accounted for its Scope 3 emissions:

The GHG Protocol Corporate Standard have online training. This training was used to train a student on how to use the GHG Corporate Standard to measure Scope 3 for an organization. 2017 was chosen as a baseline year and the six categories listed above cover all of the reporting emissions except for emissions from water consumption (reported in the other sources category here). The method for the accounting was to gather the relevant consumption data (procurement, travel, commuting, waste etc) and couple these with the most up to date emissions factors.

For fuel & energy related emissions above, in Ireland there is an emission factor for electricity from the grid called the "Electricity supply efficiency". Electricity supply efficiency differs from electricity generation efficiency as it includes:
Losses from transmission and distribution of electricity on the network
Consumption of electricity in power plants which are considered as losses
This is why fuel & energy related is reported as 0.01 above, as it the emissions are included in Scope 2.

For capital goods above, currently we are at a stage where we have assigned emissions to procurement, but there is no separation between current and capital yet. So all procurement emissions are reported under purchased goods & services.


Has the institution completed an inventory within the previous three years to quantify its air pollutant emissions?:
No

Annual weight of emissions for::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) ---
Sulfur oxides (SOx) ---
Carbon monoxide (CO) ---
Particulate matter (PM) ---
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) ---
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) ---
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) ---
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations ---

Do the air pollutant emissions figures provided include the following sources?:
Yes or No
Major stationary sources ---
Area sources ---
Mobile sources ---
Commuting ---
Off-site electricity production ---

A brief description of the methodology(ies) the institution used to complete its air emissions inventory:
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Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity (location-based):
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Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy (location-based) :
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Website URL where information about the institution’s emissions inventories is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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