April 28, 2012
Queen's University completes annual GHG inventories as part of the ongoing commitment to reduce GHG emissions and address climate change as per the University and College Presidents' Climate Change Statement of Action for Canada signed in 2010. This is the third inventory report, which follows the World Resource Institute's reporting guidelines and accounts for the 2010 fiscal year emissions from May 1, 2010 to April 30, 2011.
The total emissions, including the energy used to provide heat to our neighbouring hospitals, were 57,177 tonnes of CO2e. The total campus emissions, excluding the hospitals, were 46,308 tonnes of CO2e. This represents an 883 tonne reduction in emissions from 2009.
There were four main factors affecting the 2010 emission count, including a drop in provincial grid factors, variation in seasonal temperatures, usage of a new energy efficient boiler, and an increase in the number of operational buildings on campus. Some of these had the effect of increasing emissions while others decreased them. Overall, the university's energy consumption increased due to the addition of buildings to the campus, but that effect was diminished by the provincial shift to cleaner sources of fuel, which reduced emissions substantially for both the province and the university. This suggests that the measures and action plans adopted by the university cannot be solely credited for this year's reduction. Irrespective of external factors, Queen's will strive to maintain this positive result with continued efforts and dedication to reduce emissions.
Follow the link for the full report.