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Wilfrid Laurier University Physical Resources
October 26, 2016
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Carbon Emission Inventory

With the help of Sustainable Waterloo’s Regional Carbon Initiative, a voluntary carbon emission reporting, target-setting and reduction program, Laurier is tracking its carbon emissions.

Laurier's 2012-2016 Sustainability Action Plan targets a 15% reduction in greenhouse gases in the 5 year time period, using a 2009 baseline. In 2014, Laurier reduced intensity-based emissions by 13.82% from its 2009 baseline.

Reasons for conducting a carbon emission inventory

Climate Change: Carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases have a very significant and negative impact on our environment. Drastic changes in our actions and operations must be made in order to prevent further environmental damage.

Healthy Communities: Air pollution is major health concern and is increasingly becoming a cause of death in Canada. The burning of fossil fuels releases carbon emissions and particulate matter which contributes to poor air quality.

Economy: Tracking and reducing emissions can be financially beneficial. For example, energy and water savings results in cost savings.

Sustainable Waterloo Region:

Sustainable Waterloo Region, a local non-profit organization started by Laurier alumnus Mike Morrice, facilitates voluntary target setting and reductions of carbon emissions in organizations across Waterloo Region. Laurier was recognized as an official observing organization at Sustainable Waterloo’s Evening of Recognition on March 23, 2010 and has graduated to a pledging partner as of 2012.

Sustainable Waterloo’s Regional Carbon Initiative provides its members with an online carbon accounting and reporting tool, quarterly educational forums, access to a directory of Waterloo Region GHG Services Professionals, and recognition as a merited entity. As a member of the Regional Carbon Initiative, 8  students, staff and faculty from Laurier can attend Sustainable Waterloo events for FREE by using this promo code: fj94tjdd when registering.

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As an observing organization of the Regional Carbon Initiative, Laurier will report on emissions within all three scopes as defined by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

Scope One:

Also known as direct emissions, these occur on site or from sources that a company owns and controls.
     • Stationary Combustion: Emissions from the combustion of fuels in stationary sources such as boilers or furnaces.
     • Mobile Combustion: Emissions from company owned and operated vehicles, such as fleet vehicles, forklifts, and buses.
     • Fugitive Emissions: Emissions from intentional or unintentional releases, such as equipment leaks from joints, or emissions from air conditioning equipment.

Scope Two:
Indirect emissions that result from the generation of the electricity, heat, or steam a company purchases.
     • Purchased Electricity: Emissions that physically occur at the facility where electricity is generated.

Scope Three:
This includes all indirect emissions other than those covered by scope 2.
     • Business Air Travel: Emissions produced during air travel for business-related trips of Laurier staff.
     • Waste management: Emissions produced from waste disposal and recycling practices.  
     • Water consumption: Emissions attributed to water distribution to end users, conveying wastewater to treatment plants and wastewater treatment.


Related Information Title Type
2015 2014 Laurier Sustainability Report Document
2012 Laurier Sustainability Action Plan 2012-2016 Document