Energy & Carbon

Energy

Overview

Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are the root cause of anthropogenic climate change. These gases are often quantified using carbon dioxide (CO2), which is a common culprit. Western is committed to reducing our carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement and Provincial climate goals. Specifically, our goals are: 

  •  By 2030 - 30% lower gross emissions than 2005 levels
  • By 2050 - 80% lower gross emissions than 2005 levels

Western has been continuously growing for many years to provide a world class learning and working environment for the campus community. In spite of its growth, Western's emissions have not increased since our baseline year in 2009 due to our carbon reduction efforts. Looking to the future, we hope to not only reduce our emissions per square foot, but also to reduce our total emissions.