UI Greenhouse Gas Inventory
The University of Iowa has a number of sources that emit greenhouse gases (GHG). The majority of our greenhouse gas emissions are carbon dioxide (CO2) associated with burning fossil fuel in the Main Power Plant and purchasing electric power from the grid. The University submits a yearly GHG report to the EPA to document CO2 emissions from both fossil fuels and biogenic (biomass) fuels for the main power plant. Historical CO2 data and report details can be found at the EPA’s GHG Data Website.
See UI's GHG information reported to the EPA, which includes a graph of facility emissions by year and detailed data. Also, see the Biomass Fuel Project website for more details about how UI is meeting renewable energy goals as well as impact on GHG.
From 2003 through 2010, The University of Iowa was a member of the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX). CCX was a voluntary reduction and trading system designed to use financial markets to stimulate reduction in GHG emissions. As part of our CCX membership, we were required to have our GHG inventory audited by an independent firm selected by CCX. We learned many lessons about how to track energy procurement and calculate GHG emissions associated with our energy use. CCX closed in 2010