2016 GHG Inventory

Background

Cornell University measures emissions in line with the Second Nature Carbon Commitment and the GHG Protocol. The University measures emissions from the Ithaca campus. Cornell is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035. 

Summary

For FY2016 emissions were estimated at 212,000 metric tons of CO2-equivalent (CO2-e). Compared to the 2008 baseline of 319,000 metric tons CO2-e, progress to date is a 33% reduction in baseline emissions.  Learn more about other areas of GHG accounting being explored.

This significant reduction is the result of many initiatives and the work of hundreds of people across campus to create a culture of sustainability. Some key initiatives include the updated combined heat and power plant, our Beyond Coal initiative (which eliminated coal as a fuel source used to heat and power the campus), Cornell's building energy conservation initiative, increased output from the campus hydroplant, and a significantly lower grid electric emission factor.

2016 Cornell GHG Inventory
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LED lights shine on beds of lettuce at Cornell’s Kenneth Post Laboratory greenhouses.(lisa/)

 


2016 GHG Inventory Data Table
All units: Metric Tons CO2 equivalent (MTCO2e). Cornell's fiscal year is July 1 to June 30th.

Category
(FY2008)
(FY2016)
Change in Emissions
On-Site Fossil Fuel Combusion
176,700
175,600
(1,100)
Purchased Electricity
87,000
5,000
(82,000)
Commuting*
29,000
28,100
(900)
Air Travel
27,000
30,500
3,5000
Exported Energy
0
(25,900)
(25,900)
Solar PV Remote Net Metering
0
(600)
(600)
Total
319,700
 212,700
 (107,000) decrease