Carbon Footprint 2009-2010
During the 2010/2011 school year, a carbon inventory was completed for the 2009/2010 academic year. In the program this is designated as 2009-2010 Report.
The program breaks down emissions into three categories: Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3. Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions that come from sources that are owned and/or controlled by Lebanon Valley College. LVC has complete control over these emissions such as the fossil fuel combustion of campus fleet vehicles. These are the direct responsibility of the college.
Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from sources that are not owned or operated by Lebanon Valley College. However, these sources are directly linked to the energy used by the campus. The best example of an item from this category is purchased electricity. While the college is not of direct responsibility of these emissions, it is the fault of the college for the need for these emissions due to demand.
All other emissions are attributed to the Scope 3 categories. These emissions are typically considered as “optional” and are harder to classify. Either these emissions are the result of direct financing or encouragement of the college, but are not from sources owned or operated by LVC. Some great examples of this would be study abroad travel and faculty, staff, and student commuting. This category must be carefully monitored so that emissions are not being “double counted,” since many the responsibility of these emissions is not clear.
The process started by collecting data in as many areas that we could. As creating a yearly carbon inventory becomes routine, data collection will become easier and faster. The accuracy will also improve, since departments are now aware of the information that we are requesting. It will be possible to improve the inventory in the future as we request new information to be tracked by the college.
It is important to remember that the process is not exact, but it is a great start to creating a greener campus. The process does not end here; however, it can be improved upon to create more accurate data collection. To create an environmentally friendly campus, it requires large support for monitoring and improving.
Before any mitigation strategies, the total 2009 emissions for all 3 scopes were 11,230.8
MTeCO2. Figure 1 shows the breakdown of emissions by scope, but Figure 2 shows a more detailed breakdown. It appears Scope 2 is the most significant contributor to our total emissions according to Figure 1. Figure 2 shows purchased electricity is the most significant contributor to our total emissions.
Figure 1: 2009 Emissions by Scope
Figure 2: Emissions by Source
The most significant Scope 1 emissions are from Other On-Campus Stationary, which includes distillate oil and natural gas. It makes up 20% of total emissions and is equivalent to 2,246.16 MTeCO2.
Scope 2 emissions consist solely of purchased electricity, which makes up 50% of total emissions and is equivalent to 5,615.4 MTeCO2. The majority of our mitigation strategies aim to decrease our electricity emissions since it is such a significant part of LVC’s carbon footprint.
Scope 3 emissions contribute 30% of total emissions. Faculty, staff, and student commuting make up 16% of Scope 3 emissions combined which is equivalent to 1796.93 MTeCO2.