Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.15
Liaison Andrea Trimble
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Virginia
OP-1: Emissions Inventory and Disclosure

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.35 / 3.00 Samantha Kelly
Special Projects Coordinator
OFS
"---" 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:

UVA’s 2019 GHG emissions were calculated using the web-based Sustainability Indicator Management & Analysis Platform (SIMAP) developed by the University of New Hampshire. The methodologies in this tool are aligned with the recommendations of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) guidance, which refers to The Climate Registry’s General Reporting Protocol and the World Resource Institutes’ Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard. Additionally, as of 2018, UVA transitioned from eGRID’s location-based emission factors to its market-based emission factors because it allows UVA to claim the specific emission rate associated with the RECs purchased from the Dominion owned and operated Hollyfield and Puller utility-scale solar projects.


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:

Personnel in UVA's Facilities Management Operations department (staff not affiliated with the Office for Sustainability) review the data to ensure accuracy.


Documentation to support the GHG inventory verification process:
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Gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
Weight in MTCO2e
Stationary combustion 80,157.40 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other sources (mobile combustion, process emissions, fugitive emissions) 4,245.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total gross Scope 1 GHG emissions, performance year:
84,403.10 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year (market-based):
Weight in MTCO2e
Imported electricity 106,729.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Imported thermal energy 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total gross Scope 2 GHG emissions, performance year:
106,729.50 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 No ---
Commuting Yes 47,684.90 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 Yes 6,631.70 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Waste generated in operations Yes -146.50 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent
Other sources No 0 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

Total Scope 3 GHG emissions, performance year:
54,170.10 Metric Tons of CO2 Equivalent

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

Scope 3 emissions are calculated through actual measurements, with the exception of commuting, which is calculated based on survey results.


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) 76.55 Tons
Sulfur oxides (SOx) 21.16 Tons
Carbon monoxide (CO) 53.39 Tons
Particulate matter (PM) 11.08 Tons
Ozone (O3) 0 Tons
Lead (Pb) 0.07 Tons
Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) 6.68 Tons
Ozone-depleting compounds (ODCs) 0 Tons
Other standard categories of air emissions identified in permits and/or regulations 4.35 Tons

Do the air pollutant emissions figures provided include the following sources?:
Yes or No
Major stationary sources Yes
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:

Emission calculations for most equipment are based on EPA or manufacturer emission factors multiplied by measured operating data (e.g., fuel consumption, material processed, or hours run). The Main Heat Plant boilers have continuous emission monitors for CO, NOx and SO2. O3 and ODS are not calculated.


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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