Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.45
Liaison Tori Grant
Submission Date Dec. 13, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Calgary
OP-1: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.56 / 10.00 Julien Poirier
Senior Specialist, Energy Performance
Office of Sustainability
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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

Does the institution’s GHG emissions inventory include all, some or none of its Scope 3 GHG emissions from the following categories?:
All, Some, or None
Business travel None
Commuting All
Purchased goods and services None
Capital goods None
Waste generated in operations Some
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 Some
Other categories None

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, including how the institution accounted for each category of Scope 3 emissions reported above:

UCalgary's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are quantified under the operational control approach. This means that emissions from all operations are reported if UCalgary has the authority to introduce and implement policies at those operations. Emissions are presented in terms of carbon dioxide equivalent. Emission factors were primarily formulated using information from Environment Canada's National Inventory Report (NIR). Where the NIR lacked required data, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and Transport Canada were also used as sources of information in deriving emission factors.


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?:
Yes

A brief description of the internal and/or external verification process:

The annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory report is prepared and reviewed internally by the Office of Sustainability.

The University of Calgary's Director of Energy & Utilities, who was independent of accounting and reporting process, performed the validation of the 2017/2018 Greenhouse Gas Inventory.


Documentation to support the internal and/or external verification process:
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 and Part 3 of this credit? (reductions in Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions):
Yes

Gross Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from stationary combustion 86,395.09 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 49,468.20 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions from other sources 536.06 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 664.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity 69,692.12 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 158,777.10 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from other sources 25,489.01 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 31,044.80 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Total 182,112.27 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 239,954.60 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Start and end dates of the performance year and baseline year (or three-year periods):
Start Date End Date
Performance Year April 1, 2017 March 31, 2018
Baseline Year April 1, 2008 March 31, 2009

A brief description of when and why the GHG emissions baseline was adopted (e.g. in sustainability plans and policies or in the context of other reporting obligations):

The University's 2008/2009 Fiscal Year was chosen as the baseline year, as it was the first year that the University published a greenhouse gas inventory following the university’s signing of the University and College Climate Change Statement of Action for Canada.


Figures needed to determine total carbon offsets:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Third-party verified carbon offsets purchased (exclude purchased RECs/GOs) 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 sequestration due to land that the institution manages specifically for sequestration 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon storage from on-site composting 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3.80 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Carbon offsets included above for which the emissions reductions have been sold or transferred by the institution 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Net carbon offsets 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 3.80 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the offsets in each category reported above, including vendor, project source, verification program and contract timeframes (as applicable):

During the baseline year, the university composted all of the leaf and yard waste from its grounds. An estimated 25 cubic meters were composted. Using a volume to weight conversion of 600lbs/cubic yard for finished compost the university composted roughly 8.9 tonnes of material. This data was then entered into the Clean Air-Cool Planet Campus Carbon Calculator to obtain 3.8 metric tonnes CO2e offset. The University of Calgary does not currently track on-site composting.


Emissions reductions attributable to Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) or Guarantee of Origin (GO) purchases:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Emissions reductions attributable to REC/GO purchases 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 133.30 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

A brief description of the purchased RECs/GOs including vendor, project source and verification program:

146 MWh of Renewable Energy Credits (REC) were purchased in the 2008/09 baseline year. This data was then entered into the Clean Air-Cool Planet Campus Carbon Calculator to obtain an offset of 133.3 metric tonnes CO2e in the STARS baseline year.


Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Adjusted net Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 182,112.28 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 239,817.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Figures needed to determine “Weighted Campus Users”:
Performance Year Baseline Year
Number of students resident on-site 2,460 2,111
Number of employees resident on-site 0 0
Number of other individuals resident on-site and/or staffed hospital beds 0 0
Total full-time equivalent student enrollment 28,860 24,650
Full-time equivalent of employees (staff + faculty) 5,240.40 4,831
Full-time equivalent of students enrolled exclusively in distance education 964 312
Weighted campus users 25,467.30 22,404.50

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 7.15 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent 10.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Percentage reduction in adjusted net Scope 1 and Scope 2 GHG emissions per weighted campus user from baseline:
33.19

Gross floor area of building space, performance year:
1,011,563.30 Gross Square Metres

Floor area of energy intensive building space, performance year:
Floor Area
Laboratory space 126,806.00 Square Metres
Healthcare space 5,839.20 Square Metres
Other energy intensive space 70,209.06 Square Metres

EUI-adjusted floor area, performance year:
14,499,662.96 Gross Square Metres

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

Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
Emissions
Business travel 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting 18,101 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Capital goods 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 22,165 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations 2,188 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other categories ---

A brief description of the institution’s GHG emissions reduction initiatives, including efforts made during the previous three years:

The university invested in co-generation of electricity in 2012, allowing the university to generate electricity and use the waste heat for its buildings. The Co-generation facility had an overall impact resulting in a GHG reduction of 60,000 tonnes per year.
In the past three years, the university has invested in energy efficiency through its Energy Performance Initiative and Utility Reduction Program, these programs have achieved avoided emissions of 12,000 tonnes per year.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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