Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.27
Liaison Hubert Corbeil
Submission Date July 19, 2023

STARS v2.2

Université Téluq
OP-1: Emissions Inventory and Disclosure

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.50 / 3.00 Hubert Corbeil
Conseiller à la direction générale
Direction générale
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Has the institution conducted a GHG emissions inventory within the previous three years that includes all Scope 1 and 2 emissions? :

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:

TÉLUQ University's GHG emissions inventory was conducted in accordance with the GHG Protocol: A Corporate Accounting and Report Standard, revised edition (2015) and ISO 14064-1: Greenhouse Gas - Part 1 : Organization-level specifications and guidelines for quantifying and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and removals.

The GHG Protocol indicates the steps that are generally followed by organizations to carry out their GHG inventory:
o Identification of GHG sources and sinks,
o Selection of an emissions calculation approach,
o Selection of activity data and GHG emission factors,
o Calculation of emissions,
o Transmission of data at company level.

In accordance with the ISO 14064-1 standard, the University has included all relevant and significant GHG sources and sinks that are within its reporting scope, as well as all relevant GHGs.

The inventory was carried out in such a way as to obtain accurate, consistent and reproducible results and in such a way as to reduce uncertainty as much as possible. In order to obtain the organization’s greenhouse gas emissions, files and activity data were obtained from the institution’s various departments, and emission factors were selected. Most emissions were quantified by combining activity data and emission factors.

To proceed with the collection and selection of activity data, contact was established with the institution’s departments that hold the data. In addition, official documents were used.

In order to quantify GHG emissions, emission factors were selected. To ensure the accuracy of the results and reduce uncertainty, the most reliable sources were chosen.

To perform the calculations, the global warming potentials (GWP) of the various greenhouse gases were taken into account, in order to convert them into tonnes of CO2 equivalent (tonnes of CO2 eq). The GWPs highlighted in the fourth IPCC report (2012) were used.

In conclusion, Université TÉLUQ’s GHG emissions inventory takes into account the following emissions:
- Direct emissions (Scope 1) (due to the remote model, only the combustion of fossil fuels in buildings directly emits GHGs);
- Indirect emissions associated with electricity purchased by the institution (Scope 2) (hydroelectricity consumed in buildings);
- Emissions associated with the purchase of goods and services (Scope 3);
- Emissions associated with IT assets (Scope 3);
- Emissions associated with fixed assets of premises (Scope 3);
- Emissions associated with business travel (Scope 3);
- Emissions associated with travel between home and the University (Scope 3);
- Emissions associated with homeworking and distance learning (Scope 3).

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?:

A brief description of the GHG inventory verification process:

Université TÉLUQ’s sustainable development team was accompanied by the Davidson Canada firm (independent and external third party) to complete this report. Davidson Canada has verified that the inventory carried out is global, complete and accurate. The consulting firm paid particular attention to emissions associated with digital activities. The GHG emissions inventory was reviewed by Aline Perrin, carbon footprint licensee from the French Carbon Institute (IFC) (« Carbon footprint training - mastery of the method »).

Documentation to support the GHG inventory verification process:

Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
Weight in MTCO2e
Stationary combustion 102 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other sources (mobile combustion, process emissions, fugitive emissions) 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

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

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

Gross GHG emissions from biogenic sources, performance year:
0 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 40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting Yes 155 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services Yes 769 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods Yes 244 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Yes 95 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations No ---
Other sources Yes 27 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
1,330 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

For Scope 3 emissions, Université TÉLUQ also referred to the GHG Protocol and ISO 14064-1.
The emissions associated with the purchase of goods and services were calculated from the amounts spent in each category, as indicated in the financial statements.

The emissions associated with IT assets were calculated from:
- the number of computer units purchased by the University during the year of interest (computers, screens, printers, telephones)
- assumptions about the number of units owned by students and by employees, and about their use for their home or for their studies.
The emissions associated with fixed assets on premises were calculated from the building area.

The emissions associated with business travel were calculated from employee reimbursement requests. Employees submit reimbursement requests to the University for their work-related travel (by plane, train, car, etc.), which made it possible to deduce the number of kilometres travelled by each means of transportation and to account for the associated GHG emissions.
A survey was distributed to employees in order to count the GHG emissions associated with travel between home and the University. The students were not concerned by this survey as they never travel to the University.

Emissions associated with distance learning and homeworking were counted based on the number of days of remote work or study. The energy consumed (in kWh) at home for remote work or study also emits GHGs.

Emissions associated with natural gas consumed in leased spaces were estimated based on natural gas consumption in the entire building and the area occupied by TÉLUQ University. The data regarding the electricity consumed in these spaces was obtained directly from the owner.

Has the institution completed an inventory within the previous three years to quantify its air pollutant emissions?:

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:

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity (location-based):

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy (location-based) :

Website URL where information about the institution’s emissions inventories is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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