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Emissions Inventory

An emissions inventory is the first step in developing an effective energy and climate Plan.

The chart shows the official Scope I and II emissions inventory and the unofficial Scope III emissions for the university, plus Central Energy Facility (CEF) emissions attributable to steam and chilled water deliveries to Stanford Hospital and Clinics (SHC). Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope I, II, III + SHC Steam & Chilled Water) totaled approximately 267,467  metric tons of CO2 in 2014.





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 Laboratory2. The graph shows Stanford's official emissions since first reported in 2006.

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.

2Stanford Hospital and Clinics and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory are district organizations that do not fall under the University’s operational control.