An emissions inventory is the first step in developing an effective energy and climate plan. Stanford reports its official Scope I and II emissions to the nonprofit The Climate Registry (TCR)1, a nonprofit emissions registry for North America. These emissions follow TCR's General Reporting Protocol, are third-party verified, and are reported publically on TCR's website. The inventory's geographic boundary includes the Stanford main campus and leased spaces but not emissions from Stanford Hospital and Clinics (SHC) or SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, since they are both district organizations that do not fall under the university's operational control.
In 2016, Stanford’s greenhouse gas emissions were reduced by 18%, or 23,670 metric tons. That’s the equivalent of removing 5,000 vehicles from the road for an entire year. With a full year of operation of its renewable energy portfolio, efficiency gains from new high-performing buildings, and numerous retrofit programs, Stanford will continue its emissions reductions in the years to come. You can learn more about Stanford's greenhouse gas inventory, as well as the progress since the university first began reporting its emissions in 2006, online here.
1In 2001, the State of California created the nonprofit California Climate Action Registry (CCAR) to facilitate the voluntary accounting and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions within the state. CCAR stopped collecting emissions inventories in 2010 and transitioned its membership to TCR. Stanford joined the CCAR in 2006 and used its protocol to prepare and file its GHG emission inventories through 2009. In 2010, Stanford transitioned to TCR's protocol for its emissions inventory.