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UC Berkeley Supply Chain Carbon Footprint
In 2007, U.C. Berkeley became the first U.S. university to calculate its supply chain carbon footprint. The genesis of this project was an understanding by some university faculty and staff that the campus’ traditional greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory i provided an incomplete picture of the university’s total contribution to GHG emissions. At the request of the Cal Climate Action Partnership (CalCAP) Steering Committee, researchers at the Berkeley Institute of the Environment conducted a carbon footprint analysis that combined information from the reported emissions inventory with an assessment of indirect emissions from purchased energy, construction and procurement of goods, food and services.
The goals of the current study are 1) to improve upon some of the shortcomings of U.C Berkeley’s initial carbon footprint assessment, 2) to provide an updated estimate of U.C. Berkeley’s carbon footprint for the years 2006, 2008 and 2009, 3) to ensure the assessment is compliant with the newly proposed World Resources Institute standards for Scope 3 reporting, 4) to suggest potential strategies for supply chain emission reductions, 5) to produce a spreadsheet tool to facilitate annual monitoring of carbon footprint data in the future, 6) to explore uncertainty in the model, and 7) to suggest improvements for future carbon footprint assessments.