Yale has reduced net emissions by 28% since 2015, despite a 10% increase in campus size.
In 2020, Yale achieved its original greenhouse gas emissions goal of a 43% reduction below 2005 levels. This goal was set in alignment with the Kyoto Protocol, which prescribed a reduction of 10% below 1990 levels by 2020.
Yale is now committed to achieving zero actual carbon emissions by 2050 with an interim goal to reach net zero emissions by 2035. Our current goal boundary includes all scope 1 and 2 emissions, aligns with Climate Registry reporting, and uses a 2015 baseline. Reporting to The Climate Registry ensures comprehensive, transparent, and rigorous accounting, and requires verification by a third party.
A Global Imperative
How was this 28% reduction achieved?
Since 2015, Yale has built and renovated millions of square feet of high-performance space in support of the university’s academic mission and aligned with the university’s sustainability goals.
How can you help?
- Follow the climate change and sustainability research of Yale faculty, staff, and students.
- Do your part. Turn off electronics when you’re not using them, follow temperature setpoints, and report any issues you observe.
- Lead by example! Your behaviors make a difference, and can help influence others.