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UNC Greenhouse Gas by the Numbers

In 2007, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). In signing this, Carolina committed to carbon neutrality by 2050 and agreed to conduct annual greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories in order to track progress.
2007
601,212 Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalents (MTCO2e)
VS
2018
489,524 Metric Tons of Carbon Dioxide Equivalents (MTCO2e)

19% Overall Decrease in GHG Emissions

Our Efforts
are Working Despite:
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26%
increase in campus square footage since 2007
8%
increase in campus population since 2007

Since 2007

Carolina’s steam use has decreased
16%
Carolina’s fleet emissions have decreased by
26%
Carolina has reduced its coal use by
30%
By fixing leaks and changing refrigerants, Carolina has reduced refrigerant emissions
19%

Since 2014

Due to lower meat consumption and efficient food purchasing, food emissions decreased
29%

Moving Towards Our Goal

To meet our goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, Carolina is currently working to update its Climate Action Plan, which will include many strategies for emission reductions including:

Energy Efficiency

Carolina is constantly working to reduce energy use by making buildings as efficient as possible

Cogeneration Fuel Switching

Carolina is working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the cogeneration facility by increasing natural gas use and reducing coal use while exploring many alternatives including biofuels, electric boilers, and carbon capture

Renewable Electricity

Carolina is working to utilize as much renewable electricity as possible by increasing onsite solar generation and finding ways to purchase renewable energy