Climate & Energy

Policy Target: reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, climate neutrality by 2025

Policy Target: 2% annual energy use reduction, 100% clean electricity by 2025

In 2013, UC President Napolitano declared that UC will be the first research university to achieve carbon neutrality, with a target date of 2025.

Since 1990 UCLA has grown almost 40%, adding nearly eight million square feet to the campus footprint, the equivalent of over 4,000 houses.

Over the last two decades, UCLA research awards and grants have exploded from less than $300 million to over one billion dollars annually. One would expect with such remarkable growth to see a parallel increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, through a combination of energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transportation programs and offsets, UCLA reduced greenhouse gas emissions to below 1990 levels in 2014, achieving the 2020 goal six years ahead of schedule.

Climate Projects

UCLA Facilities Management has a Smart Buildings & Labs Program that assess and retrofits buildings to operate with intelligence and align with campus conservation initiatives.

In 2019 the UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center transitioned to 100% renewable electricity through the Clean Power Alliance.

UCLA signed a historic renewable rate agreement in October 2019 with the LA Department of Water and Power (LADWP) that will provide 10 MW off-site solar energy. We will also pursue significant on-site solar (4-9 MW) as part of LADWP Feed-in-Tariff program.

UCLA has committed to 90,000 MWh of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) annually through UC renewable energy projects beginning in 2022.

The university continues to grow, so UCLA has developed a Carbon Neutrality Plan (update in progress). To achieve carbon neutrality by 2025, in addition to deeper energy efficiency, UCLA will need to increase the use of on-site biogas, purchase more renewable energy, and offset the remaining emissions. 

Planning Documents

Annual Reports

Media and Awards

UCLA’s Cogeneration Plant