EKU Releases Climate Action & Resiliency Plan
EKU has completed a comprehensive Climate Action & Resiliency Plan to strategically, and economically reduce its carbon footprint to zero by 2036 - in accordance with the Second Nature Climate Commitment. The plan quantifies carbon emissions attributable to the University's operation and provides a detailed overview of mitigation strategies that could be employed to reduce, and offset these emissions entirely.
Key Points of EKU Climate Action & Resiliency Plan:
- EKU's Annual Baseline GHG Emissions Footprint - 108,265 MTCO2e
- FY2016 GHG Emissions Footprint - 98,699 MTCO2e
- FY2016 Emissions Per Campus User - 8.0 MTCO2e
- FY2016 Emissions Per Building 1,000 Sq. Ft. - 18.3 MTCO2e
- Key Mitigation Strategies - Implement Geothermal Heating/Cooling Throughout Campus, Improve Central Plant Efficiency via Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), Improve Steam & Chilled Water Efficiency, Improve Building Energy Efficiency, Optimize Summer Building Utilization to Reduce Electricity Consumption, Implement Energy Efficiency Guidelines for New Buildings, Engage in ESPC for Building Efficiency, Purchase Renewable Energy Hedges, Reduce Water Consumption, Purchase Renewable Energy Credits & Carbon Offsets
- Target date for carbon neutrality - 2036
- Projected Financial Impact - $11.2M investment, with a 15 year payback period, and $5.2M additional savings by 2036
Click here to read the entire plan!
Published on February 09, 2017