Duke has developed a Climate Action Plan (CAP) that will guide the University in achieving climate neutrality by 2024. This plan was developed in large part by Duke's Campus Sustainability Committee, which was formed in 2007.
The graph below shows the potential reduction in emissions as the
result of implementing recommended transportation and energy reduction
measures detailed in the CAP. These measures are displayed as reductions compared to a business-as-usual scenario
of 426,466 MTCO2e for the University in 2050. The
remaining emissions, in purple, represent what Duke would have to offset
to become carbon neutral by a particular year.
Reduction measures such as eliminating coal use on campus, energy conservation measures,
installing solar PV, providing direct financial
incentives for alternative transportation and improving regional
transportation are several of the actions suggested in the CAP. In addition to recommendations about energy and transportation, the CAP also makes recommendations for carbon offsets, communications and education. View a more complete list of CAP recommendations or the full Climate Action Plan.
Duke has achieved an 19% reduction in University emissions as of 2015, based on a 2007 baseline. Read more about Duke's emissions reductions.
This emissions reduction can be partially attributed to energy conservation
measures and an elimination of coal use on campus, as well as the
implementation of other Climate Action Plan measures. An update on these measures can be found in the Sustainability Strategic Plan 2015 Progress Report.
factors, such as economic conditions and emissions content of purchased electricity, have also impacted the University's
emissions. Some of the more recent actions are not yet reflected in emissions inventory numbers.
Climate Action Plan: Public Documents and Presentations
Climate Action Plan Documents / Presentations