GHG Inventory

UBC compiles an annual Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory to measure and monitor our campus emissions, which are reported in our annual Carbon Neutral Action Report.

About the GHG Inventory

We established a Technical Advisory Committee of academic, operations, staff and student members in 2007 to measure our GHG emissions. The initial inventory used the World Resources Institute Greenhouse Gas Protocol to quantify 2006 emissions, which include direct and indirect emissions (Scope 1 and Scope 2), and optional emissions (Scope 3).

The committee elected to adopt the broadest approach to scoping our GHGs, including faculty, staff and student daily commuting, and paper procurement, among other items. This was based on the recognition that we can influence emission reductions beyond our operational boundary.

Our strategies for reducing emissions are outlined in our Climate Action Plan.

Inventory (2006 – present)

Inventories for our Vancouver campus emissions have been completed each year since 2006:

2015 Emissions

UBC’s Vancouver campus made significant progress in 2015 towards achieving the Vancouver Climate Action Plan’s aggressive GHG reduction targets. In 2015, UBC’s Vancouver Campus emissions for offsets decreased 30 per cent from 2007 levels, despite a 16 per cent increase in building floor space and a 23 per cent increase in student enrolment. Per capita, we reduced emissions 43 per cent per FTE student since 2007.

The reductions in greenhouse gases were largely attributed to the steam to hot water conversion project (District Energy), displacement of natural gas through the Bio-energy Research and Demonstration Facility and optimizing academic building performance through the Building Tune-Up Program.

As required by the provincial Carbon Neutral Government Regulation since 2010, we report on and offset our emissions to become carbon neutral each year.

For more information on UBC’s total emissions, read the full Carbon Neutral Action Report.