Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.62
Liaison Michelle Perez
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, San Diego
OP-1: Emissions Inventory and Disclosure

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.19 / 3.00 Michelle Perez
Energy and Sustainability Manager
Utilities and Sustainability
"---" 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:

UC San Diego uses The Climate Registry General Protocol and CRIS Reporting tool for Scope 1 and 2 emissions. Commuting emissions are calculated using survey data from Transportation Services/Commute Solutions. Business Air Travel emissions are calculated using the campus air miles traveled from Connexxus and the formula from AASHE and UNH SIMAP (formerly the Clean Air - Cool Planet Campus Carbon Calculator).


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 GHG inventory verification process:

UC San Diego uses an ANSI and The Climate Registry (TCR) accredited verification body to validate our emissions that are reported to TCR and the California Air Resources Board (CARB).


Documentation to support the GHG inventory verification process:
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Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
Weight in MTCO2e
Stationary combustion 168,506 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other sources (mobile combustion, process emissions, fugitive emissions) 7,356 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
175,862 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year (market-based):
Weight in MTCO2e
Imported electricity 14,375 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Imported thermal energy 1,209 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year:
15,584 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Gross GHG emissions from biogenic sources, performance year:
104 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 19,541 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Commuting Yes 61,034 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Purchased goods and services No ---
Capital goods No ---
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 No ---
Waste generated in operations No ---
Other sources Yes 80,575 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
161,150 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

Commuting emissions are calculated using survey data from Transportation Services/Commute Solutions. Business Air Travel emissions are calculated using the campus air miles traveled from Connexxus and the formula from AASHE and UNH SIMAP (formerly the Clean Air - Cool Planet Campus Carbon Calculator).


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

Annual weight of emissions for::
Weight of Emissions
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) 17.04 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 0.69 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 5.83 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 7.89 Tons
Ozone (O3) ---
Lead (Pb) 0.00 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 1.33 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 24.30 Tons

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

A brief description of the methodology(ies) the institution used to complete its air emissions inventory:

Local air district toxic emission inventory factors, source test data for some stationary sources and manufacturers’ emission factors when available.


Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from purchased electricity (location-based):
30,923 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions from imported thermal energy (location-based) :
1,209 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Website URL where information about the institution’s emissions inventories is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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As noted previously, the gross square footage and physical boundary for UC San Diego's climate/greenhouse gas reporting includes our Hillcrest Medical Center, while the physical boundary and gross square footage for our other reporting do not. As a result, the GSF for GHG reporting does not match that used elsewhere in this report.

Other contacts:

GHG reporting: Valerie Fanning and Sam Peterson, EH&S Environmental Affairs
Energy and utilities: John Dilliott
Microgrid, EV infrastructure, and research: Byron Washom

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